Edwards Staff Planned to Sabotage Him

Affair rumors inspired 'doomsday' scheme if he led Dems
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2009 3:13 PM CDT
In this image made from video and provided by Chuck Olsen, Rielle Hunter films John Edwards after a rally in New Hampshire on Friday, Dec. 29, 2006. Edwards had an affair with Hunter.   (AP Photo/Chuck Olsen)
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(Newser) – Suspicious that John Edwards was having an affair, several of his campaign staffers drew up a “doomsday” plan to take him down if he seemed likely to win the Democratic nomination, George Stephanopoulos blogs for ABC News. Most staffers dismissed the rumors, but a few close advisers saw the light by early last year. Describing themselves as “Democrats first,” they agreed on a back-up plan to derail the campaign.

"Think about what a tragedy it would have been if he had won?" said political commentator George Will today.