Former John Edwards' aide Andrew Young is in Seattle to speak at the University of Washington about ethics in leadership, which may seem ironic, given that Young is most famous for helping Edwards hide his affair from his wife and the American people.
That all changed when Young spilled everything in his book "The Politician".
Andrew Young first became a household name when he tried to say he was the father of the baby we now know belongs to Edwards. Young says he blindly went along with it because he believed in Edwards and in the causes their campaign was fighting for.
"I got sucked into the power, politics and money. This is a system that I believe truly changes good people into people you no longer recognize," says Young.
Young says his breaking point came the day John Edwards' child was born.
"He told me he didn't have time to call Rielle and I realized that all of us to him are expendable."
In Young's book "The Politician", he describes details about the affair, including the existence of a sex tape.
"A Presidential candidate months before the election starts makes a sex tape while his wife is dying of cancer. He then leaves it at a staff member's house for over a year. It shows the narcissism."
Narcissism Young says is still playing out in Edwards' everyday life.
"He was down at Buffalo Wild Wings at Wilmington picking up a 29 year-old bartender divorcee mother of two."
Young says Edwards is renting a house in Hillsboro, North Carolina. They sometimes see each other at the local ballpark.
"Our kids play baseball and when he leaves he walks a country mile to not come face to face with me."
That may not be an issue much longer. Young is considering accepting a job in Seattle, a role that would bring the word "integrity" to the forefront of his life.
"I think if anybody has something to say about integrity it would be me because I've freely admitted where I messed up."
Former Enron whistleblower Lynn Brewer agrees. She wants him on the staff of the integrity institute she founded in 2004.
"What we found is that we had a similar background and it's a very lonely place to be once you blow the whistle. You can be alienated," says Brewer.
"People need to realize how crooked Washington is and how corrupting it is. I want to try to attack the broken system we have with every fiber that I have," says Young.
Young says the caucus system we use to elect a President is archaic and the country desperately needs campaign finance reform.
"The system is broken. There is so much corporate influence, so much gigantic money influence."
Money that makes people do things they never imagined they would.
"Whether it's a little kid cheating at checkers or a guy doing the accounting and fudging the numbers, we all do this. It's what you do after you realize the mistake and getting up and straightening things out. Owning up to it is what's important."
That's what he hopes of John Edwards.
"I hope he comes to terms with what he became and what he used to be and apologizes to the people he hurt."
For him, he hopes the word that might never have been used to describe him before becomes the definition of who he is now.
"I can never make up for what I did wrong but I can spend the rest of my life trying to make up for it."
Young still has several legal battles to fight. A federal grand jury is investigating whether Edwards funneled campaign money through Young to Rielle Hunter, which could be a crime. Hunter herself is suing young over the sex tape.
Young told Q13 FOX News whatever the outcome of those investigations, Edwards could begin to make things right by giving back the money he took from donors and apologizing for his mistakes.
Young is working on transforming his book into a movie.
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