This Friday, ABC's 20/20 program will air an interview with one of John Edwards' most trusted campaign aids during this 2008 presidential bid, Andrew Young. Young is promoting a soon-to-be-released tell all book about Edwards titled The Politician. Well, The Wall Street Journal has published some phenomenal excerpts from the book today, which you can read by clicking HERE. But here's a few, to give you the flavor:
The People's Senator. "Young says Edwards is an Atkins-dieter who hated making appearances at state fairs where 'fat rednecks try to shove food down my face. I know I’m the people’s senator, but do I have to hang out with them?' Before a SEIU candidate forum in Las Vegas, Young says Edwards made him cut out a 'made in the USA' label from Young’s own suit to sew in place of Edwards’s 'made in Italy' label."
Rielle Hunter’s pregnancy: "According to Young, Hunter called him in May 2007 to say she was pregnant. Young says that when he informed Edwards, the senator told him to 'handle it,' to which he replied: 'I can’t handle this one.”'Young writes that Edward unloaded on Hunter as a 'crazy slut,' said they had an 'open relationship,' and put his paternity chances at 'one in three.' Young says that Edwards asked him for help persuading Hunter to have an abortion. Young writes that Hunter believed the baby to be 'some kind of golden child, the reincarnated spirit of a Buddhist monk who was going to help save the world.' "
Campaign donations: “ 'S–t, they love me — they would do anything for me,' John Edwards would say after getting a big donation, Young writes. If refused, he would say, 'What the hell — why are they wasting my time? I’m going to be president. I don’t have time for this s–t. Everyone wants to give me advice. I don’t want their advice. I want their money.' ”