John Edwards engaged to Rielle Hunter? His camp says no
John Edwards is not engaged to Rielle Hunter, a family spokeswoman says, in the wake of a National Enquirer story this week alleging the former senator had asked his former campaign aide to marry him.
This comes as Elizabeth Edwards' will, revised six days before her death, was revealed Thursday to have no mention of her estranged husband.
Regarding any alleged wedding, "I can tell you that it’s not true," the rep told the Daily Beast, saying she had no idea as to the source of the story, which trumpets Edwards' "outrageous disregard for his wife Elizabeth's deathbed wish" and a rumor that Hunter told his kids, "Call me mommy."
The Enquirer has more than its usual credibility in the Edwards arena after holding the onetime vice presidential candidate's feet to the fire with breaking stories about his mistress and their baby. Edwards, of course, initially denied that daughter Frances, now 2, was his child.
After he admitted that, he and wife Elizabeth legally separated. Elizabeth Edwards died Dec. 7 after battling breast cancer for years. When the cancer recurred in 2007, the couple decided he should stay on the campaign trail. Hunter was an aide during the campaign.
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Photo: John Edwards at the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards in Raleigh, N.C., on Dec. 11. Credit: Sara D. Davis / Getty Images