John Edwards’ rapid fall from grace took a rather predictable turn when he revealed he was indeed the father of Rielle Hunter’s child. But things have taken an even more bizarre turn now as ABC has released a video containing an interview with Edwards one-time aide Andrew Young, whom he managed to cajole into claiming paternity of the child to ensure Edwards secret was safe.
Insanely, Edwards went so far as to ask Young to steal one of the baby’s diapers so he could conduct his own paternity test. “Get a doctor to fake the DNA results,” Young said Edwards told him. “And he asked me … to steal a diaper from the baby so he could secretly do a DNA test to find out if this [was] indeed his child.”
Madness. This is a political scandal worthy of British politics at its very best. Right now, in Northern Ireland, another scandal has broken where Iris Robinson, hardline right-wing homophobic Bible-thumper, stepped down after revelations that she had an affair with a man some 40 years her junior (after already having an affair with the man’s father). The MP managed to procure significant sums of money for her toyboy lover to open a restaraunt before the affair ended, her husband – Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson – finding out, her subsequent attempt at suicide and eventual resignation and her husband’s temporary stepping down from his position, to howls of anger and ridicule. Northern Irish style.
Do you have a favorite political scandal? This is mine. In 2003, Ron Davies resigned from the Welsh Assembly due to accusations of illicit gay sex in a well-known cruising spot. When confronted, his excuse was that he had been busy watching badgers in the area.