Elizabeth Edwards Speaks on Rielle Hunter Affair

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Elizabeth Edwards says husband John Edwards "made a terrible mistake" by having an affair with Rielle Hunter, but coping with the revelation was "oddly made somewhat easier" by her battle with an incurable form of cancer.

"None of these (problems) has been easy," she wrote on the political blog Daily Kos. "But we have stood with one another through them all. Although John believes he should stand alone and take the consequences of his action now, when the door closes behind him, he has his family waiting for him."

Elizabeth, 59, says her husband, 55, told her about the affair with Rielle Hunter two years ago – months before her breast cancer returned.

"John made a terrible mistake in 2006. The fact that it is a mistake that many others have made before him did not make it any easier for me to hear when he told me what he had done. But he did tell me. And we began a long and painful process in 2006, a process oddly made somewhat easier with my diagnosis in March 2007."

She says she wanted to keep it a "private matter" because it would be even more difficult to deal with on a public stage.

But, Elizabeth Edwards adds, "Because of a recent string of hurtful and absurd lies in a tabloid publication, because of a picture falsely suggesting that John was spending time with a child it wrongly alleged he had fathered outside our marriage, our private matter could no longer be wholly private."

Elizabeth Edwards then continued ...

"Admitting one's mistakes is a hard thing for anyone to do, and I am proud of the courage John showed by his honesty in the face of shame. The toll on our family of news helicopters over our house and reporters in our driveway is yet unknown. But now the truth is out, and the repair work that began in 2006 will continue."

"I ask that the public, who expressed concern about the harm John Edwards' conduct has done to us, think also about the real harm that the present voyeurism does and give me and my family the privacy we need at this time."


Elizabeth was so brilliant that she knew in 2006 that John's sex scandal would never be exposed to the public before he was elected president. She is so classy and brave that she could take contributor's money for cheatin' John and know absolutely that folks were helping his campaign that would never be derailed in any way. I really admire Elizabeth. So smart, so cunning, so a wonderful political operator. And no matter how much John lied to her, Elizabeth said that John always has his family waiting for him at home. What a wonderful example to her children. I admire her strength and integrity so much.


His excuse was her cancer was in remission and she's proud of her husband? Elizabeth sounds like a sweet women, and you have to feel sorry for her, with the stress probably caused by cancer, she can't see why a lying scumbug is.


Elizabeth is a great, strong woman. She knows that dwelling on the past is not worth it, expescially since she is so ill. No one wants to spend their last days in termoil over the past, and it takes a hell of a woman to forgive and forget and stand by her husband. I also hope that people will leave them alone, so they can focus on their family and what matters the most.


I agree. Elizabeth is class and her comments were right on target. He made a mistake and he is not trying to make excuses. Who are we to judge? If she is willing to forgive him, it is none of our business. We feel for her because of her illness but illness is hard on a marriage for both people involved, the sick person and the caregiver. As long as he makes peace with God and his family, I hope people do respect HER wishes and leave the alone now. It's over. Move on. I would wish nothing but the best to Elizabeth, pray for good health and a repaired family.


Elizabeth Edwards is such a classy lady, and I really feel for her and her family. As for John Edwards, if he came clean with his wife about the affair it is not anybody else's business. Of course he didn't initially admit it. Who would?? Who would voluntarily put their family though that in a public forum, especially with Elizabeth's illness. I was glad to see that when he finally made his public admission, Elizabeth was NOT standing next to him like a long suffering wife (ala Eliot Spitzer's wife). At least Edwards got that part right.


"I am proud of the courage John showed by his honesty in the face of shame" Oh please he is and has always been an egocentric big fat liar!! Sure NOW he is admitting to an affair after he was caught by the tabloid press but for years he has done nothing but LIE LIE LIE!! I feel sorry for his sick wife. When she is dead he will publically admit to being the baby daddy to Hunter's lil bastard.

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I am and have been willing to take any test necessary to establish the fact that I am not the father of any baby, and I am truly hopeful that a test will be done so this fact can be definitively established.

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In 2006, I made a serious error in judgment and conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family and to my core beliefs.

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