Local Politics

Edwardses' visit to Mass. college goes forward

Posted August 11, 2008 6:44 a.m. EDT
Updated August 11, 2008 9:07 a.m. EDT

— Salem State College still expects former presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, to appear at the school next month despite the former North Carolina senator's admission that he had an extramarital affair.

College spokesman Jim Glynn says school officials expect the Sept. 23 event to go forward, but are consulting with corporate sponsors who helped pay the Edwardses' undisclosed appearance fee.

Glynn says the couple is coming to the college to speak about Elizabeth Edwards' battle with cancer, and the school does not want to get involved in "moral issues."

The high-profile lecture series is paid for through private corporate donations and ticket sales, not public money. Tickets are selling for $10 to $75, and Glynn says the event is expected to sell out.