John Edwards' daughter speaks on father's affair

Posted March 27, 2013

John Edwards, accompanied by his daughter Cate Edwards, makes a brief statement outside the Greensboro federal courthouse on May 31, 2012, after a jury acquitted him on one camapign finance fraud charge and a mistrial was declared on five other charges against him

— The eldest daughter of former Democratic presidential candidate and North Carolina Sen. John Edwards says it was difficult to watch the experience her parents went through after he revealed that he'd had an affair.

Cate Edwards spoke in an interview scheduled to be aired on NBC's Today show Friday morning and on "Rock Center with Brian Williams" that evening.

She said her father told her of the affair and that she was devastated by the news, adding that it was hard to see them go through the ordeal.

"I was disappointed," the 31-year-old attorney said in an article posted on the Today website. "I mean, these are my parents. I had grown up with a lot of love in my family, and it was hard to see them go through this."

John Edwards and his wife of more than 30 years, Elizabeth, separated in 2010. She died the same year of cancer.

The once-presidential hopeful was later indicted on charges of campaign finance fraud, but the case ended in a mistrial in May when jurors acquitted him on one of six charges but were unable to decide whether he misused money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress while he ran for president.

Edwards long denied the affair before admitting to fathering the child.

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  • mm23 Apr 1, 2013

    I just do not understand why some people feel the need to grab the spotlight by sharing personal information about their families and relationships- especially the tawdry ones. Guess Kate did not think she yet had her 15 minutes. Not productive, but what do I know, I was raised to believe that some family matters were private, and if they were not private you did not comment on them publicly and showed some dignity.