The funniest part is that he was caught in his shenanigans by the National Enquirer. How much more low brow can you get?
Vice Presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards was caught visiting his mistress and secret love child at 2:40 this morning in a Los Angeles hotel by the NATIONAL ENQUIRER.
The married ex-senator from North Carolina - whose wife Elizabeth continues to battle cancer -- met with his mistress, blonde divorcée Rielle Hunter, at the Beverly Hilton on Monday night, July 21 - and the NATIONAL ENQUIRER was there! He didn't leave until early the next morning.
At 9:45 p.m. (PST) Monday, Edwards appeared at the hotel, and was dropped off at a side entrance. NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporter Alan Butterfield witnessed the ex-senator get out of a BMW driven by a male companion and stroll into the hotel.
Said Butterfield: "Edwards was not carrying anything. He walked in alone. He was wearing a blue dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up. He was looking around nervously before he entered the hotel.
"Once inside, he interestingly bypassed the lobby and ducked down a side stairs to go to the bottom floor to catch the elevator up - rather than taking the elevator in the main lobby. He went out of his way not to be seen."
Meanwhile, Rielle had reserved rooms 246 and 252 under the name of the friend who had accompanied her from Santa Barbara, Bob McGovern. Rielle was in one room and McGovern was in another with her baby. This allowed her and Edwards to spend time alone, a source revealed.
Edwards went out of the hotel briefly with Rielle, they were observed by the NATIONAL ENQUIRER and then went back to her room, where he stayed until attempting to sneak out of the hotel unseen at 2:40 a.m. (PST). But when he emerged alone from an elevator into the hotel basement he was greeted by several reporters from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER.
Senior NATIONAL ENQUIRER Reporter Alexander Hitchen asked Edwards why he was visiting Rielle and whether he was ready to confirm that he was the father of her baby.
Shocked to see a reporter, and without saying anything, Edwards ran up the stairs leading from the hotel basement to the lobby. But, spotting a photographer, he doubled back into the basement. As he emerged from the stairwell, reporter Butterfield questioned him about his hookup with Rielle.
Edwards did not answer and then ran into a nearby restroom. He stayed inside for about 15 minutes, refusing to answer questions from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER about what he was doing in the hotel. A group of hotel security men eventually escorted him from the men's room, while preventing the NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporters from following him out of the hotel.
Said reporter Hitchen: "After we confronted him about seeing Rielle, Edwards looked like a deer caught in headlights!
"He was clearly surprised that we had caught him at this very late hour inside the hotel.
"Some guests up at this late hour watched the spectacle in amusement from a staircase nearby."
Hilarity all around and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. I can just imagine him running around with a look of panic on his face while being chased by the National Enquirer. Just think of the phone calls he made from the bathroom while hiding in the stall. Man, those must've been a gold mine for comedy. He can add this little bit to his old and tired coal miner's son story. It would fit right in since those personal tidbits is all that he's ever had to run on, lacking anything that even hints of policy wins or executive ability. If I weren't sure that he and his wife will simply pull a Bill and Hillary, I would wish her luck in divorcing him and taking him for every cent he has. Considering he's a trial lawyer, it's not as if he earned his money anyway, bleeding it away from poor clients. The entire profession of trial lawyer needs to have its collective ass kicked. There's no way to justify the cut of the judgment that they receive, mostly by screwing people with offers of no 'upfront' costs and convincing them to sign away large chunks of their futures. It's just like a case of predatory lending but worse. At least in predatory lending you usually have choices. When you deal with a trial lawyer, you've already been fucked and just trying to get someone to help unfuck you ends up fucking you twice.
Anyway, the story is just starting to permeate the MSM and Slate had a great little list of John Edwards' excuses. Here were a few of my favorites:
- Edwards met Hunter, who produced videos for the former presidential candidate’s campaign, to shoot a new "webisode" for the series they started last year. This one was going to be about Edwards accepting Barack Obama’s offer to be his running mate. They had to meet in secret at 2 a.m. because Obama didn’t want the news to leak.
- Hunter was planning to sue the Enquirer for defamation, and wanted Edwards, an acclaimed trial lawyer, to represent her.
- Edwards wanted to confirm the baby was not his but couldn’t be sure until it started growing hair.
- A local charity asked Edwards to meet with a single mother who had no health care and couldn’t earn a living wage. He had no idea it would be this one!
- It was a setup by John McCain, who hates anything to do with the Hilton.
Good times. Good times.