Edwards Told Aide He'd Be 'Set for Life' in Paternity Ruse

Dem begged Young to claim love child as own
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2009 10:49 AM CDT
Edwards Told Aide He'd Be 'Set for Life' in Paternity Ruse
In this 2006 photo provided by the National Enquirer, John Edwards is shown with videographer Rielle Hunter.   (AP Photo/The National Enquirer)

(Newser) – John Edwards was apparently desperate for aide Andrew Young to pretend to be his baby’s daddy. In a proposal for Young’s tell-all book, leaked to the New York Times, Young says Edwards promised he’d be “taken care of for life,” if he went through with the ruse. “You know how much I love you,” Edwards said. “You know I’d walk off a cliff for you, and I know you’d walk off a cliff for me.”

“I will never forget this,” Edwards continued, “And I will always be there for you.” Young initially did claim paternity of the child Edwards allegedly fathered during an affair with Rielle Hunter, but says he’s writing the book because the former Democratic presidential candidate broke that promise and he feels betrayed. (Read more John Edwards stories.)

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