February 10th, 2010
05:16 PM ET
5 years ago

Edwards' spokeswoman denies story on marriage proposal

Former Sen. John Edwards' spokeswoman flatly denied a story in the National Enquirer Wednesday.
Former Sen. John Edwards' spokeswoman flatly denied a story in the National Enquirer Wednesday.

Washington (CNN) - Former Sen. John Edwards' spokeswoman flatly denied a story in the National Enquirer Wednesday that claimed the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee is engaged to his mistress, Rielle Hunter.

The Enquirer reported that Edwards proposed to Hunter on the day he told her that he would publicly acknowledge being the father of their child, Frances Quinn.

Edwards was taking steps to run for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination when he began his affair with Hunter, a videographer. The former senator denied that he was the father of Frances Quinn for more than a year, but he acknowledged paternity late last month.

Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, have legally separated.

"John has said that when his divorce is final, he'll buy her a diamond ring," the Enquirer quotes a 'close source' in the story as saying about the marriage proposal. "But in the meantime, he's getting them a house."

But Joyce Fitzpatrick, an Edwards spokeswoman, said in an e-mail to CNN that the report was "absolutely untrue."

The Enquirer broke the story of Edwards' affair with Hunter as well as his being the father of Frances Quinn.

A federal grand jury is investigating payments the former senator's campaign and supporters made to Hunter, who worked as a videographer for Edwards as he prepared for his 2008 presidential campaign.

Andrew Young, a former Edwards' aide complicit in helping the former senator hide the affair, revealed in his new tell-all book "The Politician" that prosecutors peppered him with a number of questions regarding the payments made to Hunter.

"I sat in the witness chair, and as the men and women of the grand jury scrutinized me, the prosecutors pressed me for exact information about checks that were written, the way the money was used and the timing of events," Young wrote. "They wanted names, dates, and amounts in very specific terms."


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soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. Bynum

    Hard to accept a John Edward denial of anything.

    February 10, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    The National Enquirer is much like Fox news.

    February 10, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. themoi

    Wanna bet the Enquirer is right again?

    February 10, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. rachel

    And you know what the irony and shame is? Is that the enquirer is probably the one telling the truth.

    POST

    February 10, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Bubba

    John is a wonderful husband, father and politician. I say "Edwards in 2012" in Argentina!

    February 10, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Independent Joe

    I don't believe a word that comes out of that liberal charlatans mouth. Those who believe otherwise are dim committed fools with blinders on to the world. This guy is a classic politician. Adieu liberal!

    February 10, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Justen in Florida

    John Edwards...... Now there's a name that I'd really not like to hear anymore of...

    February 10, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Slave labor toyotas are great,hahaha

    Poor Johnny,his old lady was sick so he traded her in on a new Blond Toyota.

    February 10, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. TM in CO

    Why is this news? John Edwards hasn/t been in the political realm for awhile now. You really should leave Elizabeth alone. The women has suffered enough.

    February 10, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Dr. R

    How come so many politicians are having sex with women other than their wives. I wonder if in the US it is a requirement (for men only) to be in the top offices. And if this guy marries the videographer...I think I will throw up.

    February 10, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Steve

    The National Enquirer has more credibility than John Edwards so that I who I would beleive

    February 10, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. c spurgeon

    What a pig...Bet all of his kids are just thrilled.

    February 10, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Jim

    Why is a "News Network" reporting gossip? Are you trying to grab the Enquirer's busybody readership? Find something positive to report, instead of this trash. What thinking person cares about this?

    February 10, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Ramses

    There is something about JE's boyish face. He never grew up & which is apparent by his conduct & actions. How in God's name he went on cheating such a graceful lady Elizabeth. It blows my mind off. And he wanted to be the President? Does'nt he have a conscience. Trust me he will go down the slide to the pits & Elizabeth will overcome and will be alright. God almighty will do justice.

    February 10, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Reny

    Everybody is hating on him and other cheating men, but nobody thinks to look at the wife. I was married to a shrew who got fat, stopped having sex and laid around all day watching tv and not fixing dinner (I worked 40 hours a week, she only worked on weekends).

    After 10 years of putting up with this I cheated on her with someone who took care of themselves and actually had a sex drive.

    February 10, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Lisa

    I think he is a disgrace to his family and this country.

    February 10, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. lynneshrum

    There is no doubt that Mr. Edwards has already bought a house for Hunter and child to live in near Freedom Park in Charlotte, NC. They have been living there for several months. This is according to the Charlotte Observer newspaper.

    February 10, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Some people have no scruples. How about having a husband who doesn't tell you he's leaving until a friend contacts you and tell you he's left town with another woman, takes personal items from your home including a Xmas gift purchased for our child, then you get a letter from his military commander requiring your signature as his wife to live off base. Again, I say, some people have no scruples so whatever Edwards says or does is who he is.

    February 10, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. Sarah

    Why bother to confirm or deny? No one living would believe anything he said...

    February 10, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. SLM

    Are we to believe anything out of these peoples mouths? And do we care anyway? Edwards needs to crawl back under the rock he came out from and stay there.................be gone loser!

    February 10, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Look at the source!!! Is this what we want for CNN? This isn't news, it's gossip!

    February 10, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  22. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    John Edwards is done for politics because he is a perpetual liar. Why do we need to know more about him? Give us a break, please.

    February 10, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. Steve (the real one)

    Well since the Edwards spox denied it and considering his recent track record.....looks like little miss Francis will have her daddy, full time!

    February 10, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. Jan

    Good grief. Why don't people tell the truth from the beginning. Better yet divorce your spouse if you are not able to be faithful and honest. Shame on you John Edwards for putting your wife and children through this nightmare. Shame on you.

    February 10, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. Karen

    So he flatly denied the rumor of having had an affair, which was proven to be true, denied being the father of the love child, which was proven to be true, and now denies a marriage proposal?
    You're a funny guy Edwards.

    February 10, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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