February 10th, 2010
05:16 PM ET
4 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. SocialismBad

    Another Democratic slimeball DELUXE! To think the Democrats had this low life running for President makes me sick. Can you imagine if this scumbag had WON?! Another Clintonesque fiasco narrowly avoided...

    February 10, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. SH in TX

    I wouldn't put it past him.

    Elizabeth is making it easy for him. He doesn't have to wait for her to die to marry his mistress.

    Wait, Rielle, he'll do it to you too. Once a cheater, always a cheater.

    February 10, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Barb2775

    He can deny all he wants to, but I bet he will marry Rielle as soon as he can. It may not be this year, because he and Elizabeth may be fighting over assets for this year and part of next year. And, it depends on whether or not the grand jury decides to prosecute or not. If the D.A. decides to prosecute, he may spend his honeymoon in jail. Good ridance to bad rubbish.

    February 10, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Ron in California

    the slime continues. True or not this guy is a narsistic jerk.

    February 10, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Matt Howard

    Right – just like how he wasn't having an affair with her and just like how he wasn't the father of the baby and just like how he was committed to Elizabeth. Everyhing from this guy is a lie.

    February 10, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. ANGIE

    john edwards is the scum of the earth. if he cheated on wife, he will cheat on this bird.

    February 10, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Former Supporter of Edwards

    They can deny this all they want. The truth is they deny everything until they feel it is a good time to come out with the truth. My heart goes out to his current wife Elizabeth. To have gone thru what she has and to have her husband continue to abanonded her during her time of need. I will no longer support him in anything he does

    February 10, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Charga

    C'mon guys, nobody would ever lie for Edwards, would they?

    February 10, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. S.B.

    Who cares??

    February 10, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Stacie

    Oh god! I don't care. Please, please stop the stupid stories about anyone remotely related to John Edwards, anything about Sarah Palin or her husband/family (esp. anyone who was involved with her children), OR anything about the Sanfords!

    February 10, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Troubled Independent

    Edwards is pond scum, he is history.

    February 10, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Wes

    I hope Elizabeth takes this creep to the cleaners before he hooks up with this gold digger. Then when he gets old, I hope this gold digger takes all his money and dumps him and he winds up in an old folk's home reflecting on all his cold hearted and self centered ways. I hope they put a mirror where he can see himself every day, his hair really gray, his face sagging from all the plastic surgery performed and his children absent, because he was absent from them. Sounds cold, but think of the people this creep has hurt and the children that will bear scars because he thinks he is the greatest gift that God gave to earth. I nailed him the first time he came on the national scene, I wouldn't vote for him because I made the statement, "this guy is too wrapped up in himself." C'mon Elizabeth, outlive him.

    February 10, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. d1120

    It's only a matter of time...

    February 10, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. Jane/Seattle

    It never ceases to amaze me that these Famous, Political folks can't seem to figure this sex addiction and power thing out, even after Bill Clinton!

    If you are a public figure, you'd be advised to seek treatment because, Exposure is just around the Corner, Folks! Duh!

    February 10, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Enough

    Deny, Deny and Deny some more........the Edwards way. Elizabeth finally got smart and dumped the loser.

    February 10, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. The Maj

    Plain SCUM, his legacy is in the toilet

    February 10, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Richie

    Seriously, who would believe ANYTHING these people say?

    February 10, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Ryan

    Why won't we learn out lesson?

    Politicians in general, are no better than celebrities when it comes to putting on a front to get people to like them or vote for them or whatever.

    Edwards is a scumbag. Let's show him what we think by not paying any attention to him!
    He is no longer a player in the game so there's no need to make this a GOP vs. DNC issue. Both parties have their hypocrites (though the GOP has more...)

    February 10, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. jeff jackson, alabama

    With all the players on stage in today's
    politics why do you insist on covering
    National Enquirer [Jerry Springer]
    type stories, C.N.N. ?
    No wonder you are slipping in the T.V.
    polls.

    February 10, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Nganga

    Is that the same spokeswoman he used to deny having a love-child?

    February 10, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. normajean

    To think that this man could have been president is sickening. He is such a loser. Isn't it time for the media to just ignore him and let him fade off into the sunset?PLEASE.

    February 10, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. Renee from Seattle, WA

    "I am not having an affair" ok, ok I am having an affair.." I am not the father" ok,ok I am the father. I did not get engaged..WAIT FOR IT!!! LOL Ok we believe him this time don't we.

    February 10, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Tam

    They deserve each other.

    February 10, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Michael C.

    We've had some scary stuff happening in the last 10 years. First George W. Bush was elected President and a Republican controlled Congress was elected. Then John Edwards ran for President and had a shot at the Democrat nomination. The President Bush was re-elected. Then Congress went under Democrat control. Then President Obama was elected. That's all scary stuff and the fact that things are going so well really proves that we did a great job picking our leaders. NOT!

    February 10, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Laurie

    The two of those losers belong together. Talk about two creeps.

    February 10, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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