June 25th, 2007
11:21 AM ET
10 years ago

Edwards campaign claims Washington wants them to 'go away'

The Edwards campaign is in an all out push to reach their second quarter fundraising goal.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards' campaign sent a strongly-worded fundraising e-mail to supporters Monday, claiming "the whole Washington establishment wants our campaign to go away."

In the e-mail, headlined "Haircuts and hatchet jobs," Edwards Deputy Campaign Manager Jonathan Prince writes, "they don't want the American people to hear the message, so they attack the messenger. They call him a hypocrite because he came from nothing, built a fortune while standing up for regular people during some of their toughest times, and—heaven forbid!—he has the nerve to remember where he came from and still care passionately about guaranteeing every family the opportunities he had to get ahead."

The subject line is a reference to the criticism the former North Carolina senator took for receiving two $400 haircuts earlier this year. He is vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The e-mail is the latest sign the Edwards campaign is in an all out push to meet their $9 million fundraising goal for the second quarter that closes on Saturday night. Edwards political adviser Joe Trippi sent a fundraising e-mail last week saying the campaign had only raised approximately two-thirds of its goal - at the time leaving the campaign with 10 days to raise over $3 million.

The campaign raised $14 million in the first quarter of 2007.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    Someone please give the baby his bottle. If you don't like being scrutinized and criticized, then don't run for president.

    June 25, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Rick, Kansas City MO

    Hmmm how was his fortune built? Perhaps trial lawyering? Now what kind of cases did he make bank on? If you said medical malpractice suits you'd be right! For bonus points what malpractice suits did he specialize in?

    June 25, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Michael, Cambridge NY

    The "Washington establishment" aren't the only ones who want Edwards and his to go away. He's one of the big reasons Bush won in 2004.

    June 25, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Greg , ashburn VA

    I have a question how really is the john edwards campaign going? I still think he will be on the dnc ticket?. I see he's on jay leno tonight?

    June 25, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Michael, Columbia IL

    Again, Edwards earned his biggest sum from a case against a corporation, not a doctor. However, I do want to repeatedly ask, even if he had made his money exclusively from malpractice lawsuits, when did it become bad to hold people accountable for mistakes they made that harmed people's lives permanantly?

    On the current story, there are valid points to be made that the NYT and the AP did not do their due diligence on reporting these stories. He can point at the fact that little was done on how his organizations actually touched people's lives. Only his "motivations" for opening the center seemed to be talked about, which oddly enough are only known by him.

    June 25, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. J.R., Charlottesville, VA

    It is a crying shame that people would think that Senator Edwards' motives were flawed in opening these non-profit centers. I believe that the workers in eight states where he helped raise the minimum wage, the labor unions he walked picket lines with, and the students that his organization is helping attend college would all agree the man is concerned with poverty.

    The media has the responsibility to report fairly on the issues. The NYT did not live up to their obligation. Senator Edwards needs to draw attention to the media's shortcomings so hopefully we the people will be able to decide who our next president will be.

    June 25, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. d

    would you like some cheese with your whine edwards

    what a loser.

    June 25, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. steve

    since when is it a suprise the the ny times didn't do due dilligence in their reporting. ny times is not reporting, it is simply a bunch of opinion with evidence cherry picked to fit those opinions. only good for if you want to be indoctrinated.

    as to edwards and suing doctors. t here is nothign wrong with holding people accountable, but that is not what he did. He manipulated the law to redistribute wealth.

    he makes me sick

    June 25, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Rick, Kanas City MO

    Looks like no one did their homework. He handled malpractice suits against doctors where the child lived after delivery, not the ones where the child died. Look at the differences in the average settlement amount between the two types of malpractices. Thats why hes scum

    June 25, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Hey there is someone that is worried about americans, not just oil like most of the republicans are.Edwards would definately provide a much needed change in the white house. This war may lead to the end of the repulican party as we know it. It would serve them right for prolonging this unjust war.We will all be better off with Edwards as our next president.

    June 25, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Will P, Dallas, TX

    Edwards made his money suing doctors for babies born with cerebral palsy. Most doctors agree that this is usually more due to a genetic condition and has nothing to do with what the doctor did.
    Thats why Edwards should not be president. His line of work is a drain on society.

    June 25, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Bruce, Franklin, TN

    edwards is running a distant third because his message of "two Americas" does not resonate with much of the electorate. His 30,000 sf house and $400 haircuts scream "hypocrite."

    Most Americans can smell a phony a mile off and he is the most ingenuous candidate in either party.

    June 25, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. Denny Lyon, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    As usual, CNN and their media brothers and sisters like to post only the divisive and destructive comments. C’mon, it’s so obvious these nasty types are hotdog strategists from competing campaigns, and, contribute nothing to the national political conversation.

    The media has really done itself a disservice during the Bush years. They’ve become White House lapdogs and left behind their critical thinking in exchange for big moneyed salaries. It’s more comfortable to be a wealthy “Yes!” man and woman than it is to be accurate, trustworthy and ferreting out the whole truth.

    Does anyone remember when the lobbyists did not have such a chokehold on our government? Yes, Virginia, there was such a time. They existed and interfered and were just plain annoying. Today they are like Georgia kudzu, choking the life out of everything. There are few politicians left that are not in over their heads in debt to lobbyists.

    Let’s cut to the chase about Edwards. Unlike Hillary, Obama, Giuliani and McCain (a huge disappointment in my book) Edwards is the only top tier guy who does NOT take money from lobbyists. Hmmm…. is it any wonder his competitors are so hard-charging in their attempts to destroy his credibility?

    June 26, 2007 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. Nexus Hexus, Eugene OR

    RE DAN:
    Its bad enough that the campaign donation funds overmixes capitalism to democracy .Allegedly when I pay taxes , that's what I thought that goes for rather than brewsters millions. But if thats what allows Dan to think that presidential nominees is to tear into people like Imus into Rutger U cheerleaders, then obviously the need for americans to be heard is all about their chest hair , and while so looking down ( Including ann coulter.. nicely matted and manged) forgetting that after the election is when the decision making and issues really do count. His most outspoken opponent and similar to this Danny baltimore are more enthused about child formula politics then regarding the next executive branch administration more deligently then his fifth grade adversary. Its no wonder Foxworthy is so popular , the whole country wants to aspire to be a redneck to forgive themselves dropping out of highschool or just acting the teet attachments they are.

    June 29, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. James Riley, Raleigh, NC

    I´m sick and tired of hearing about Edwards´whining. Since when is it a problem to criticize an opposing set of pundits and politicians on the grounds that they are afraid of the message and so are launching smear tactics?

    Why is this not legitimate? Does this also make MLK a ´loser´? I´m not saying that Edwards is doing something similar or even as difficult as King but these criticisms do not hold water.

    Do you have evidence that the Washington establishment does not want Edwards to ´go away´? If so, maybe he is whining. I suspect that he is right on target. He actually has plans to TAKE ACTION where Obama´s rhetoric points and where Clinton could never break out to lead.

    July 1, 2007 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
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