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Edwards' ex-mistress house-shopping on coast

Posted December 8, 2009

— The former mistress of two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is looking at houses on the North Carolina coast, where Edwards and his family have a beach house.

Rielle Hunter was interested in renting a home at 1008 Windlea Run in Wilmington to be closer to the former U.S. senator, the home's owner said.

Reed Allen said Hunter looked at his home twice, accompanied by her young daughter, Frances. He said the deal fell through after a story about her possibly moving to North Carolina surfaced in the tabloids.

The New York Times reported in September that Andrew Young, a former Edwards campaign aide, wrote in a forthcoming book that Edwards fathered Hunter's child and worked with Fred Baron, his campaign finance chairman, to hide that secret. Young previously claimed to be the girl's father; the birth certificate doesn't list a father's name.

Baron, who died last year of cancer, previously admitted that he paid for Hunter and Young's family to resettle in California. He said he provided the money on his own.

A federal grand jury in Raleigh is looking into how Edwards used campaign funds. Hunter spent nine hours at the federal courthouse in August while the grand jury was meeting, but it's unclear whether she testified because grand jury proceedings are secret.

Edwards admitted in August 2008 – eight months after dropping out of the presidential race – that he had an affair with Hunter, who had been hired by his campaign to produce promotional videos. He said the affair ended in 2006, and he has denied fathering her child.

Sources have told WRAL News that they expect Edwards to publicly admit paternity of the child, most likely after the investigation into the use of his campaign funds is over.

The Wilmington house Hunter looked at is near where the television show "Dawson's Creek" was filmed.

Edwards owns a home on nearby Figure Eight Island.


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  • scarletindurham Dec 10, 2009

    can you wrap your head around how much money she is getting from the Edward's family to keep the officical paternity of the baby out of public record? She can probably buy a chateau in France if she wanted to.

  • pebbles262004 Dec 10, 2009

    She'll fit right in at figure 8 inland, because that is all that live there. Rich and very unfaithful people, and you all know it's the truth if you are reading this..Sneaking around inland is what it should be call.

  • Just the facts mam Dec 10, 2009

    I always thought of him as a sleazy ambulance chaser (although very charming in a personal way), but still a dishonest slimeball. For so many people to have elected him our Senator and almost President, shows the ignorance (I am not sure of the words to use) of many people in America. How people could not see he was a dishonest person is not understandable to me.

  • Even Dec 10, 2009

    I agree this is tabloid news but it's what people want to see. Let's hear more about President Obama getting the peace prize for sending 30,000 more young men and women to war. Not that's a story!

  • SantaClaus Dec 10, 2009

    It appears that WRAL doesn't know how to find real news stories - one day it's the chick from John and Kate, next it's Clay, and not it's Johnny Boy's mistress.

    Wish Charlie Gaddy was still there - he could show y'all some professional journalism, not tabloid journalism.

  • josten Dec 10, 2009

    In other news: someone stopped to get gas this morning and someone else actually went to the grocery store...GASP!

  • josephlawrence43 Dec 9, 2009

    Perhaps there is more here than meets the eye. She is looking for a house "near Edwards place at the beach"? Question is--who told her that it was safe for her to move to Wilmington--if there was not a separation/divorce in the immediate future for John Boy, what respectable wife would tolerate a hoochie Momma moving that close to her husband??? Something else is cooking here.

  • superman Dec 9, 2009

    And through all this -- his wife still remains with him?

  • josep4567 Dec 9, 2009

    Any woman who conceives and bears a child without the knowledge and consent of her lover is, by definition and at a minimum,Unfit!

  • james27613 Dec 8, 2009

    She can buy anything she wants, John will foot the bill.