Local Politics

Edwards' hometown bracing for indictment

Posted May 31, 2011 5:52 p.m. EDT
Updated May 31, 2011 9:34 p.m. EDT

— 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.

"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."