Lover Joined Edwards on Tour to Announce Prez Race

Blogger posts pix of 'inner circle'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2008 4:59 AM CDT
John Edwards seated next to Rielle Hunter on a plane from New Hampshire to Reno, Nevada during the four day trip during which he announced his run for the White House.   (AP Photo/Robert Scoble)
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(Newser) – John Edwards brought former mistress Rielle Hunter on his campaign plane during his four-day presidential announcement tour, reports the Washington Post. Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, did not accompany her husband. A technology blogger invited along on the 2006 trip has published photographs of Hunter, who was working as a videographer for the campaign. Another photo in the National Enquirer shows Edwards and Hunter exchanging enthusiastic smiles on the trip.

The two were having an affair in 2006, Edwards has admitted. "I had no idea that when John Edwards invited me to come along on his plane back in December of 2006 that I would have had a front-row seat to a sex scandal," wrote blogger Robert Scoble, who said he "never saw" the two "behave inappropriately."