February 10th, 2010
05:16 PM ET
8 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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  1. Becky

    Just when you think you have all the scum off the shower stall, and you then you find a new area of scum to de-sanitize. Edwards-I hope that God shows you as much mercy and grace as you have to your wife!

    February 10, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. SD Kevin

    Just like he denied the affair and then denied that Rielle's baby was his. Elizabeth is far better off without this sleeze-ball.

    February 10, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Dave

    1. I don't care
    2. And we chould believe him because...........

    I have said for 6 years that he is the biggest scumbag in politics. He is a cheat, a liar, an adulterer, and a money scam artist.

    You Democrats need to take off your blinders when when of your own get called it because you protected this loser for years

    February 10, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Willa-PA

    He is a dog whether the story above is true or not.

    February 10, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. P Marin

    And who would believe a single word he says.

    February 10, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. EC

    This is getting more and more ignorant by the minute. WHY the hell is this even news CNN? Must be a slow snow day for journalists.

    February 10, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Linda Alston

    I was a honest true believer of John Edwards for the posiotion os Prersident of theUnited States. But now I would not havwe you run foer Dog Catcher in my city of WILMINGTON, NC. I believe in yu and you protated me. Haning an affaire with a womanm that was using you as like the fool you are.

    I hope Elizabeth finds a wonderful man to make her days happy. Someone that can her erase the moments that she shared with you. I hope your life is miserabe and very unhappy.

    How can you treat your family this way?

    February 10, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Dino

    "absolutely untrue" – right. The same denial made by the Edwards camp (and Edwards himself) about the affair AND the baby. Methinks we have a credibility issue here.

    February 10, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Lilarose in Oregon

    I believe the National Enquirer any day over John Edwards.

    February 10, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. indy

    Well, as long as he denied the story, it must not be true. The Enquirer staff was correct about the "love" child, so their credibility with regard to John Edwards is ahead of his credibility denying their stories. I'll believe he's telling the truth when he doesn't marry this woman, ever.

    February 10, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Susan

    there are no words to describe how disappointed I am in Edwards, I can't believe that I actually voted for that man

    February 10, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. David Lonkevich

    Why does John Edwards even need a spokeswoman any longer?

    February 10, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Rita

    Want to bet they get married? And who is Joyce Fitzpatrick and why is she Edwards "spokeswoman" anyway? Edwards has issued a myriad of statements through other people for the past several years which turned out to be all lies so why would anyone put themselves in the position of speaking for him, I would like to know.

    February 10, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Matt

    Yeah, cause the flat out denials have meant so much before nows

    February 10, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Karen

    Who cares about this scum.......he has embarassed his wife, his children, his friends, his staff and the entire country. Just go away!!

    February 10, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Pat

    And Star Magazine has an interesting story on Ms Hunter & her affair with someone else while she was pregnant with Edwards child (?)..

    February 10, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. kay

    Just make Edwards and Palin go away. They are like watching train wrecks or shark attacks. He's bright and flawed and she's a Barby doll wound up by her hubs.

    February 10, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Gale

    Yep, just like the affair was untrue, the baby was untrue, and he is a good and decent man, untrue!!!

    February 10, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Phugitall

    If he is denying it, then it is probably true

    February 10, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. Lou in Illinois

    John Edwards and Rielle Hunter deserve each other. I imagine John will continue with his standard mode of operation regarding news of his activities. He will continue to deny his engagement to Rielle until he finally admits it on a day of his own choosing. This will probably be on a day where there is a national or international catastrophe so that his admission of the truth will be buried on page ten of the news. I imagine John and Rielle will be a very happy couple. I just hope they spare us from any further attempts at public office.

    February 10, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. Cori

    Edwards is a real class act. I wonder if he's ever heard of "karma"? Both he and his mistress ought to be ashamed of themselves. I wonder what Edwards looks like through the eyes of his children.

    February 10, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Margie Carlin

    Shame on him and Rielle, could they at least wait until Elizabeth dies? All those years, carrying on this affair, maybe out of respect for his wife, he should continue to keep it quiet, he has never had a problem with deceit before. It is a SHAME......

    February 10, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Bahhhhhhhhhhh, this is a hoot. Another marriage – he'll get what he deserves eventually when he looks to one marriage to solve and/or resolve the issues in his other marriage. I love people who seek this solution. And some thought he could run the USA?

    February 10, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Voter

    The Enquirer was right when they reported the affair, and also when they reported the paternity and Edwards denied it.

    The Enquirer, sadly, has more credibility than Edwards!

    February 10, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. mg

    It states in this article the affair started in 2008, this isn't true, it started earlier than this because the baby was even born before 2008.
    Also, just because John Edwards spokesperson flatly denies the latest rumor, what makes them (John Edwards and the spokesperson) think we the public have any reason to believe what they flatly deny. Please!! How many times before have they flatly denied something?

    February 10, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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