In the wake of former North Carolina senator John Edwards’ acquittal on a single charge of violating campaign finance law Thursday, the two-time presidential candidate held a press conference outside the court that raised the eyebrows of some seasoned political observers.
Here’s the full Edwards press conference in case you missed it:
Former North Carolina senator John Edwards was found not guilty of a single charge of breaking campaign finance law even as a judge declared a mistrial on the other five counts brought against him in connection with payments made to a former mistress during his 2008 run for president. That muddled decision offered neither the exoneration for which he hoped nor the stinging judgment for which his many detractors had pined.
The trial into allegations of campaign finance wrongdoing by former North Carolina senator John Edwards opens today in Greensboro, a sort of final public flogging for a man who twice sought the highest office in the country.
“This is the end for John Edwards in public,” said one former Edwards strategist of the trial. “He is not the type to do a TV show like [Elliot] Spitzer and can’t do anything with voters.”
John Edwards is persona non grata in the Democratic Party these days. And for good reason.
The former North Carolina senator, two-time presidential candidate and 2004 vice presidential nominee wrote his own political obituary with his marital infidelities and an ongoing investigation into campaign finance irregularities during his 2008 campaign.