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Edwards' fall pushes N.C. delegation to background

Posted August 26, 2008

— Four years ago, the North Carolina delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Boston was positioned in the front row because former Sen. John Edwards was the vice presidential candidate.

"Not only did North Carolina get front-and-center attention, of course we had great pride that our senator was on that ticket," said Ed Turlington, a Raleigh lawyer who ran Edwards' campaign for the presidential nomination in 2004.

In Denver, the North Carolina delegation has been seated toward the rear of the Pepsi Center for this week's convention, illustrating Edwards' absence from the event.

Edwards has withdrawn from public appearances since his admission three weeks ago that he had an affair in 2006 with a woman hired to produce videos for his campaign. He has denied allegations that he fathered the woman's child.

Joe Trippi, now a consultant for CBS News, ran Edwards' unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign. Edwards' absence from the national convention leaves a void, he said.

"You talk about somebody who stood up for the blue-collar voters – the workers out there – for people in poverty. That was John Edwards' voice," Trippi said. "I think it made a big difference in this election, and it's too bad the circumstances are such that (his presence at the convention) is not going to happen."

Amid all of the pomp for presumed presidential nominee Barack Obama and Sen. Joe Biden, this year's vice presidential pick, Edwards' absence is sort of the elephant in the room at the convention. Everyone is aware of it, but very few Democrats want to discuss it.

"I don't see any reason at this point to be talking about the recent unfortunate events," Turlington said. "The focus this week is the Obama family, the way he wants to lead us in a new direction (and) Biden and his family. So, that's really what I think is our emphasis."

Trippi said he doesn't sense any backlash against Edwards by convention delegates, even among members of the North Carolina contingent who have to watch the festivities from a distance.

"I think the people are disappointed," he said. "I know there are a lot of people who are angry, but they know the devastation he has done to himself. I don't think there's anybody who wants recriminations. Enough of them have already happened, and he's going to be suffering about this for a long time."

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  • ridgerunner Aug 27, 2008

    And it is MICHELLE OBAMA not MITCHELL.

  • ridgerunner Aug 27, 2008

    Dr. Data--- the repubs have plenty of moral disgraces, but this is about Edwards.

  • canes017 Aug 27, 2008

    "So who are you trying to convince. Not me, I am sure. Yourself? Sugar, now that may be a problem."

    No need to convince, its just a simple truth. You on the otherhand are starting to sound like a prime candidate for Jerry Springer what with the trying to make adultery sound acceptable. Tsk tsk tsk.

  • canes017 Aug 27, 2008

    "Sugarpie, I will be here for the rest of the day. Toodles"

    Ummmm, then why'd you complain about riding this horse to death? We're giving you something to do since you apparently have nothing else to do?

  • beachboater Aug 27, 2008

    Dataclerk.......7 of the last 12 responses are from you....don't you have anything better to do? Not everyone posting here is posting to you.

    The best Edwards did for the State of North Carolina was to NOT run for re-election.

    The second best thing was to have an affair and ruin his political future.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Aug 27, 2008

    WRONG Most of us don't cheat on our significant others, if you do (it certianly sounds like you don't have a problem with it) then so be it, but that doesn't make it right.

    So who are you trying to convince. Not me, I am sure. Yourself? Sugar, now that may be a problem.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Aug 27, 2008

    To say anything negative and/or truthful here about the former United States Senator from the State of North Carolina routinely gets your comments blocked by the hall monitors.....

    Not necessarily. You cannot write something that may be offensive to someone here on board. Read the Golo Guidelines and the tips which are helpful.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Aug 27, 2008

    If you don't like us "riding this horse to death" then move along, no one is forcing you to read or respond to these comments.

    Sugarpie, I will be here for the rest of the day. Toodles

  • canes017 Aug 27, 2008

    "John Edwards is a fine good-looking man and is not the first to have an affair. How many of you have had an affair? Just looking at someone is lust in itself. Lets don't ride this horse to death today. lol"

    Yes, thats a good approach, everyone else is doing it, so its ok if edwards did it too!

    WRONG Most of us don't cheat on our significant others, if you do (it certianly sounds like you don't have a problem with it) then so be it, but that doesn't make it right.

    If you don't like us "riding this horse to death" then move along, no one is forcing you to read or respond to these comments.

  • FE Aug 27, 2008

    John Edwards is ABSOLUTELY the best thing since s0x and/or sliced bread!!

    To say anything negative and/or truthful here about the former United States Senator from the State of North Carolina routinely gets your comments blocked by the hall monitors.....

    FE

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