While John Edwards is a major disspointment, the choas of his life is not letting any reader down when it comes to the legal drama underway this past week in Greensboro.
I admit to following the tawdry details, and while stunned at the lack of deceney exhibited by Edwards as it relates to the evidence being presented, I am also ready to hear more. That is part human nature, part arm-chair legal buff, and part political junkie. Whatever it is labeled one thing is for certain.
This is one amazing soap opera type story—with weeks more to be presented to the nation.
A law school graduate who was as much a fan of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels as Mr. Edwards was, Mr. Young became swept up in the campaign, which was Mr. Edwards’s first. He volunteered. One of his first jobs was arranging the Edwards family’s Christmas photograph.
On election night that year, he was in Mr. Edwards’s suite, watching him deftly calm one of his crying children, accept congratulations and talk of a bright future for America.
“He was a great man, inspiring, exciting,” Mr. Young, who has been granted immunity in exchange for his testimony, told the court.
At that point, he knew that working for Mr. Edwards was all he wanted to do. He was drawn to the power and to the money.
“I thought it would lead to good things for my family,” he said.
Within the year, Mr. Young was spending his days doing whatever the Edwards family needed. He changed light bulbs at their home and changed the oil in their cars. He became Mr. Edwards’s driver, always making sure the senator had three newspapers, hand sanitizer and cold Sprite and wine at the ready.
By 2006, Elizabeth Edwards, Mr. Edwards’s wife, had discovered the affair. So Mr. Young became the lovers’ go-between, holding the special “bat phone” that Mr. Edwards used to call Ms. Hunter and making sure she got in and out of hotel rooms so the two could be together.
Mr. Young said he went to increasingly elaborate lengths to help Mr. Edwards hide his relationship with Ms. Hunter. At one political event where both women were present, it was his job to keep them apart. In return, Mr. Edwards gave Mr. Young access to his business associates and helped him acquire some land so Mr. Young and his wife could build a dream house. Such was his devotion to Mr. Edwards that by the end of their relationship in 2008, Mr. Young would claim paternity of the child Mr. Edwards fathered with Ms. Hunter while running for president. “You said you actually fell in love with Mr. Edwards?” Abbe D. Lowell, Mr. Edwards’s lawyer, asked him at one point during last week’s testimony.
“We all did,” Mr. Young replied.
And, Mr. Lowell pressed, you fell out of love?
“Later, yes sir.”