Former Presidential candidate John Edwards’ affair with Rielle Hunter and child by her, first reported by the National Enquirer and more slowly covered by mainstream news sources, is now and for the first time admitted by Edwards. The onetime North Carolina Senator has released a statement acknowledging paternity of Frances Quinn Hunter.
Why now? Well, he had to do it sometime. Edwards has no credibility left, so this statement is just a formality.
Everyone knows about the kid; His staffer Andrew Young, who originally claimed Frances Quinn was his kid, is putting out a tell-all book; the new book Game Change has a lengthy and hilarious description of all the Edwards anguish; Edwards is said to have signed a child support agreement. There may also be a legal angle, as Edwards is being investigated for possibly using election funds to cover up his affair.
The next expected development would be on the Elizabeth Edwards front. Edwards’ wife has released her own statement saying she is aware of the paternity of the child, rather than a joint statement with her husband. Maybe the next time we hear from her it will be something like a Jenny Sanford statement.