Maybe this is beating a dead horse or maybe it just belongs in the comments of the previous post....
I supported John Edwards for President starting in 2003 when I became his Oregon coordinator. My support for him never wavered.
Though disappointed that he didn’t win the nomination in 2004, I was thrilled John Kerry selected him to be his running mate. I went on the road the last weeks of the campaign, working exclusively for Edwards. I wrote extensively about that here on Blue Oregon.
In the mean time, I worked with Edwards on a limited, sometimes volunteer basis when he came to the northwest, doing such things as staffing his events, both political and for his book tour.
Without ever second guessing his leadership, I was an early and vocal supporter of his 2008 bid, though he was running against two rock star candidates and the underdog the entire time.
In late 2007 when a story broke about an affair and potential child, I chose not to believe it. Early this year I even hopped on a plane to an early Primary Election state to work for him. All on my dime.
Last month when the National Enquirer reported the encounter with Edwards in the Beverly Hilton and I was asked about it, I could only say that I didn’t fully believe it based on that report alone.
Over this past weekend, I watched his Nightline interview admitting that he cheated on Elizabeth and lied to the public about it. Infidelity is awful, but can be forgiven. Lying to your family or the public about it once, much less over a sustained period of time is unacceptable.
Am I curious to know whether Edwards fathered a child? No. The bond of trust has been broken and I do not care. Do I believe his story for why he was in his supposedly former mistress’ hotel room just last month? No. The bond of trust has been broken and I do not care.