She does not go into the issue of Edwards’ paternity of Rielle Hunter’s baby and the bizarre attempt to cover it up using a married campaign worker, but she does talk candidly about the revelation of the affair. The story is very sad, but Elizabeth Edwards is definitely a survivor.
After the former presidential hopeful confessed his betrayal, Elizabeth Edwards writes in her new book, “I cried and screamed, I went to the bathroom and threw up.”
…Edwards denied paternity, and his wife’s book doesn’t address that issue.
But it does highlight Elizabeth Edwards’ anger and sorrow at being duped by a man whose four children she’d borne and whose political ambitions she’d passionately supported for so many years.
Hunter initially seduced Edwards using a worn come-on line, Elizabeth writes:
“You are so hot,” Hunter told him outside a swank New York hotel. The campaign ultimately paid Hunter $114,000 to produce a batch of short films on his candidacy.
She lashes out at Hunter, now 45, whose name she never actually uses in the book, as a parasitic groupie who invaded the Edwardses’ life.
Her own life may be tragic, she concludes, but Hunter’s is “pathetic.”
Even when Edwards confessed to his wife, he lied, claiming he had slipped up just once, Elizabeth writes. His original version of the story “left most of the truth out,” she writes.