It’s not often that a former political aide gets a hefty $$ deal to write a tell-all book – such a betrayal would come after only the harshest kind of disillusionment. Apparently Andrew Young, John Edwards’ former aide who once claimed Rielle Hunter’s baby as his own, is that disappointed and angry with his former boss. Young last week sold his book to St. Martin’s press, which promptly leaked his proposal to drum up publicity for the forthcoming tome. For anyone who thought Elizabeth Edwards’ book was harsh, below is a juicy bit quoted today by the New York Times where John Edwards is begging Young to claim the child as his own:
“‘You know how much I love you,’ Edwards said. ‘You know I’d walk off a cliff for you, and I know you’d walk off a cliff for me,’ ” Mr. Young wrote in the book proposal. “‘I will never forget this. And I will always be there for you.’”
Edwards allegedly promised Young he’d be taken care of for the rest of his life. Young also says Edwards made a sex tape with Hunter, that Hunter and Edwards talked of marriage should Elizabeth, who suffers from incurable cancer, die and that the former North Carolina senator was promised by Barack Obama the Attorney General’s office. Just in case Edwards had a sliver of hope things were dying down and he might one day contemplate reentering public life: it’s going to be a while, a long while before this dies down, if ever – not to mention the lingering question about whether the child is his (Young says Edwards is the father).