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Edwards not returning to UNC poverty center

Posted August 13, 2008

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— Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards likely won't be returning to the poverty center at the University of North Carolina that he helped launch three years ago.

Following his defeat in the 2004 election, Edwards was named the founding director of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, giving him a platform to continue discussing poverty issues in America.

Edwards left the center in late 2006 to make a second run at the White House, and Katie Bowler, assistant dean for communications at the UNC School of Law, said other people have assumed leadership responsibilities at the center.

Bowler said officials don't expect Edwards to return, but said his recent admission of an extramarital affair has no bearing on his relationship with the center.

Edwards said last Friday that he had an affair in 2006 with Rielle Hunter, who was hired to produce videos for his campaign. He has denied fathering a child that Hunter delivered in February.

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  • colliedave Aug 13, 2008

    Following his defeat in the 2004 election, Edwards was named the founding director of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, giving him a platform to ***continue discussing poverty issues in America****

    cut asterisked phrase...insert "keep alive his political ambitions"

  • livinggood2 Aug 13, 2008

    Just another one of Gov Easleys Good Buddies,Just Look at all the Crooks he has appoited in the past.What company he keeps.Go Democrats.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Aug 13, 2008

    He will return to power because the party groomed him for a future role. His party doesn't think he has done anything wrong. Morality has hit the bottom with people like John,John,Ted,Jesse,Bill,Frank, and on and on

  • Jeremiah Aug 13, 2008

    even a lot of us 'left-leaners' want him to go away

  • vote4changeASAP Aug 13, 2008

    Any chance we could get him NOT to return to NC?

  • rlewis Aug 13, 2008

    And to think that when this guy was first elected to the Senate, Democrats were literally lining up to get facetime with him. Just goes to show you that "style" (over substance) can get you a long way in this country.

    That video of him doing his hair a few years ago *should* have been enough to convince everyone what Mr. John Edwards was all about. I'm guessing that by now he's convinced even his biggest apologists that he's an empty suit.

  • orange dude Aug 13, 2008

    "Bowler said officials don't expect Edwards to return, but said his recent admission of an extramarital affair has no bearing on his relationship with the center."

    ..and if you believe that, there is a bridge in Lizard Lick we can sell you.

  • LL4U Aug 13, 2008

    Once an empty suit, always an empty suit. He was never anything but a "pretend" senator and never actually represented North Carolina. It would be a great public service to our state if he would move away - for good. I hear there is a $3 million place available in Santa Barbara, CA

  • allison842 Aug 13, 2008

    I used to support you, John. Now I say, Go away!

  • ctscanner Aug 13, 2008

    WOW - here's the definition of irony. A man who "was named the founding director of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity" is now paying his mistress $15,000 a month to keep her mouth shut.

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