Edwards Dodges Press Over Tabloid Questions
He gives reporters the slip at recent speech
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2008 4:41 PM CDT
North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley, right, applauds as former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, center, and his wife Elizabeth.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – John Edwards apparently wants nothing to do with the press these days in the wake of tabloid reports that he was caught visiting a mistress and their love child, the News & Observer reports. After giving a speech at a Washington hotel, Edwards slipped out through a kitchen exit and emerged in the rear of the hotel. When approached there by a reporter, he said, "Can't do it now, I'm sorry" when asked about the allegations.

The National Enquirer reported online earlier this month that its reporters had spotted Edwards visiting the woman, a former campaign videographer, at a California hotel. Edwards referred to the matter last week as "tabloid trash" but has not commented further.