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Edwards' hometown bracing for indictment

Posted May 31, 2011

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— Residents of the tiny Moore County town of Robbins said they cannot wait for the scandal involving native son John Edwards to be over.

A federal grand jury is continuing its work in Raleigh to decide whether to indict Edwards, a former U.S. senator and two-time Democratic presidential candidate, on charges of violating campaign finance laws.

A former top aide has alleged that Edwards used money from wealthy donors to cover up an affair with a campaign staffer and fathering a child with the woman.

Edwards' parents still live in Robbins, and they said Tuesday that they don't want to talk about his case.

Not many people in the 1,200-person town do.

"We work here, and to be honest, you don't hear much about it. Everyone is kind of over it," resident Jill Freeman said.

Robbins is the kind of town that likes to show off its celebrities, such as astronaut Charles Brady. No signs are posted linking Edwards to the town, and the the restaurant where he shot a campaign ad has taken down his pictures.

Edwards' hometown bracing for indictment

"If you're going to run a race, make sure it's clean and honest," resident Melissa Davis said.

People said that they're not embarrassed by him, and some said they still support him. Most said they mainly feel sorry for his parents.

"I think people care, but it's been over two years," said Darrell Powers, who went to high school and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Edwards. "I think once it's resolved, there will be relief, whether it goes one way or the other."

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  • formillers Jun 3, 2011

    Get real. Even his parents have got to be counseling John and demanding he MAN UP by now.

    Nothing and no one to feel sorry for. About time John Edwards owned up and MANNED UP.

    And for his children to be faced with a dad in jail now - even lower behaving of YOU, Mr. Edwards. Really. You, if cound guilty - deserve everything you get, sir.

  • superman Jun 1, 2011

    His down home good country boy looks, his money and his fame was just too much for him. He had it all and he wasted it. He disgraced his wife, parents, family and friends. Has he married her yet?

  • common_sense_plz Jun 1, 2011

    @ sch, I agree completely. He knew what he was doing was wrong! he is a lawyer for heavens sake. I hope for the citizens of Robbins that this will pass quickly and the media will just hone in on his Chapel Hill home.

  • shc0729 May 31, 2011

    Growing up in the small town of Robbins, attending public schools & a local church Edwards was taught right from wrong. He knew better!! Just forgot from where he came and plain honest values. In other words he got above his "raising" !!