August 8th, 2008
08:27 PM ET
6 years ago

Former Edwards adviser says he made payments to Hunter, Young

(CNN) - Fred Baron, the finance chairman for the John Edwards presidential campaign, said in a Friday statement that he paid to help the woman Edwards had an extramarital affair with, and the former aide who was the alleged father of her child, move out of the former North Carolina senator’s home state.

“I decided independently to help two friends and former colleagues rebuild their lives when harassment by supermarket tabloids made it impossible for them to move forward on their own,” he said of his efforts to aid Rielle Hunter and Andrew Young.

“I did this of my own volition without the instruction or suggestion of anyone, and made a conscious decision not to tell anyone, including John Edwards, that assistance was provided,” he added. “The assistance was offered and accepted without condition. This is now and shall always remain a private matter between these individuals and me.”

Hunter and Young lived separately at an upscale development in Chapel Hill, and later in Santa Barbara, California.


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  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    When John McCain adultress past comes out Edwards will look like a choir boy.

    August 8, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. mk

    Apparently, He's not the ONE.

    August 8, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. Deborah McCabe

    America, GROW UP! Why is our country so obsessed with the private lives of all public figures....They have to lie, because we react as if a felony was committed. I do not want to enter the bedrooms of any person, public or not. Europeans are shocked how appalled we become. Lets be real, no one is perfect and lets deal with the job they are performing tor this nation or television, movies, whatever, not their personal life. Everyone get a dictionary and look up PERSONAL. i am ashamed with the self righteousness of this great country. Shocking........only to those who have nothing else to report. Tune into channel 103 if you want to hear news of importance.

    August 8, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. texas DEM

    Edwards is human and made a mistake. At least he did not lead us into an unwinable war.

    August 8, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. Robert Lewis

    Rielle Hunter of the John Edwards story: The $9,644 lawsuit and her ex-husband, an attorney, and the son of JonBenet Ramsey murder case District Attorney Alex Hunter

    webofdeception.com

    August 8, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  6. bakersfield

    do you think obama knew the edwards situation was being exposed today and maybe thats another reason he went on vacation so he wouldn't have to answer any questions about it.

    August 8, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. Mary Ann Bronson

    It's all over the news about Mr. Edwards, and he is no longer running for office.
    Why is it not all over the news about McCain's dumping his first wife for a thin rich new wife?

    August 8, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. Raul, San Marcos

    sounds eerily familiar with how Gary Mauro helped one of Bill Clinton's hussies get a job in Austin and out of D.C.

    August 8, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  9. LNAB

    and I wonder if Obama extracted a little "endorsement" payment from John with a little intel about this affair? After all, the Dem Party now operates on the new Chicago model of politics.

    August 8, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  10. Janice Illinois

    Oh what a tangled web we weave.....This just keeps getting worse.

    August 8, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Hey – McWarmonger is still giving a mere pittance to his crippled overweight wife to keep her quiet.

    Kinda like what J McWarmonger did to Carol – the overweight crippled wife. Only difference? McWarmonger married a millionaire that launched his political career.

    Leopards do NOT change their spots. Check out the rumors of McCain lately – or let NI beat you all again by 2 laps in a 3 lap race. Jourrnalists?

    Get on it CNN.

    Stop the gossip – we want the WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT ALL OF THEM, WHATEVER IT IS !!!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. BJ

    When did Obama know, and did he keep silent to knock out Hillary?

    August 8, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  13. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Hey – McWarmonger is still giving a mere pittance to his crippled overweight wife to keep her quiet.

    McWarmonger did the same thing to Carol – the overweight crippled wife. Only difference? McWarmonger married a millionaire that launched his political career.

    Leopards do NOT change their spots. Check out the rumors of McCain lately – or let NI beat you all again by 2 laps in a 3 lap race. Jourrnalists?

    Get on it CNN.

    Stop the gossip – we want the WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT ALL OF THEM, WHATEVER IT IS !!!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  14. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Hey – I've had to mastecomies = send me some money.

    August 8, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    two

    August 8, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  16. Fay Tx

    CNN) — Fred Baron, the finance chairman for the John Edwards presidential campaign, said that he paid to help the woman Edwards had an extramarital affair with, and the former aide who was the alleged father of her child, move out of the former North Carolina senator’s home state.**That's what friends are for....pray for peace in the Edward's Family **

    CNN no more Articles Please

    August 8, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. Enough Already!!!!!!

    CNN- Enough ......No more Articles!!!

    August 8, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. Robert

    Why did the MSM sit on this story for a year and yet ran with an unsubstantited rumor on John McCain with no verification?

    August 8, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  19. Russell

    I thought we learned, under Bill Clinton, that lying about sex is not big deal. Did we move backwards?

    August 8, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    John Edwards, trial lawyer, made his money and political name by prosecuting hard-working physicians. Helping alienate the public toward doctors. Now the medical system is in chaos, partly because of malpractice laws that dishonest Edwards helped push and benefitted from. His dishonesty and greed now comes out in another way. I'm sure glad he didn't get voted in. He would have been much worse than CLinton and maybe, perhaps half as bad as the all-time worst president, Bush (which means he's really bad)
    We should have laws against lawyers running for office like we did when the country was young.

    August 8, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  21. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    CNN how far you have sunk!! Leave the family alone; this is really none of your business.

    August 8, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  22. Vig

    I don't understand how he could be running for President, debating, ganging up with Obama against Hillary when this skeleton was about to fall out of his closet? Are these people so short sighted? What was he thinking?

    August 8, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  23. Peter E

    It's Hillary's fault! I don't know how is that even remotely possible, but I'm sure Obama supporters will spin it that way anyway...

    August 8, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  24. primarywatcher

    Edwards career washed up? He wants to speak at the convention? Edwards, PROVE you're NOT the father! Prove you haven't lied, yet again.

    August 8, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  25. Pam

    I wonder who McCain paid when he did the same thing to his wife.

    August 8, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
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