This morning, the former senator, vice presidential candidate, and progressive sweetheart was indicted on charges that he violated campaign finance law while trying to hide his mistress Rielle Hunter and her pregnancy from the public while running for president. He's charged with illegally using almost $1 million of donor money for Hunter's housing, medical care, and travel in order to protect his campaign.
Edwards's defense is that he used the money for private purposes, namely to keep his late wife, Elizabeth, from finding out about Hunter, therefore he wasn't required to report the donations. But since the affair would have harmed his campaign, it's hard to argue the cover-up was not part of his political strategy. If American presidential campaigns focused less on personal scandals and more on policies, maybe Edwards wouldn't have had to worry about his infidelity being exposed. But we all know that's not the America we live in.
Are you surprised Edwards is facing serious consequences?