Is Edwards Toast?

Reille Hunter aka Lisa Druck

The National Enquirer is accusing John Edwards of having an affair with a woman some have identified as Lisa Druck now using the name of Reille Hunter

A source close to the woman, whose name is being withheld by The NATIONAL ENQUIRER, says that she confessed to having an affair in phone calls and emails, saying that her work with Edwards soon exploded into romance.

Rielle Hunter is the filmmaker John Edwards hired to film his webisodes for $100,000, which were never used. According to Newsweek,

The Webisodes are the brainchild of Rielle Hunter, a filmmaker who met Edwards at a New York bar where Edwards was having a business meeting.

Who benefits by eliminating Edwards? Is there any connection between Sen. Hillary Clinton and the National Enquirer? Ben Smith at Politico says there is.

What the tabloid’s readers, in politics and out, may not know is that a key owner of the Enquirer is a prominent New York investment banker and one of Hillary Clinton’s key backers, Roger Altman. Altman was an official in the first Clinton administration, and his name is often mentioned as a possible Clinton Treasury Secretary.

The investment boutique which Altman founded and chairs, Evercore Partners, bought a controlling stake in American Media, which publishes the Enquirer, in 1999, which it still holds with a partner. Evercore’s president, Austin Beutner, sits on American Media’s Board of Directors, according to Evercore’s website.

Mickey Kaus writing at Slate suggests Sen. Barack Hussein Obama is the one who has most to gain from this accusation which has been denied by both Edwards and Hunter. By eliminating Edwards he would hope to pick up votes and narrow the gap with Sen. Clinton.

I love it when Democrats fight!

Sen. John Edwards Sen. Barack Hussein Obama Sen. Hillary Clinton Reille Hunter Lisa Druck National Enquirer

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