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Play fair with everyone or not at all…

David Horsey,,
David Horsey,,

Good morning, Netizens...


Taking a brief respite from the ongoing trial and conviction of Karl Thompson this morning, we'll take a brief look at the status of John Edwards with the cartoon by Seattle PI's David Horsey. If you are scratching your head and muttering something about, “Who the heck is HE?” I have to admit since Edwards has fallen off the front news pages in recent months, you are not alone.


Edward's sordid tale began four years ago when, in the midst of a Presidential election campaign, he had an affair and fathered a child with a hot-to-trot videographer, Rielle Hunter, thus setting the federal dogs hot on his trail and, as David Horsey's cartoon suggests, they haven't backed off over time. All this while his wife, Elizabeth, was dying of cancer. Talk about tasteless!


To keep his affair secret and Hunter quiet, Edwards arranged for one of his rich supporters, elderly heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, and his campaign finance chairman, Fred Baron, to pay Hunter close to $1 million in a series of secret payments over an extended period. The government claims this was a violation of campaign finance laws and prosecutors want to send Edwards to jail for up to five years, fine him $1.5 million and take away his license to practice law.


It doesn't make a bit of difference to me whether Edwards was a staunch Democrat (which he was) or another Republican with a loose zipper. He was a tasteless profligate, a womanizer and a fraud. If there are laws on the books against this kind of behavior, what is Newt Gingrich doing running for the Presidency? His wife #2 was dying in the hospital while he was wooing wife #3. Where is the difference here?


My thoughts are if the law is going to force any aspiring politicians to force them “zip it up”, the same law(s) should apply to them all.


This is my opinion, and you, of course, have a right to your own thoughts on this matter.



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