Opinion: Who’s your daddy? Rielle Hunter says no paternity test on John Edwards or anyone


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Well, so much for Sen. John Edwards’ offer to take a paternity test to prove he did not father the infant daughter of his mistress, Rielle Hunter.

Edwards admitted a 2006 affair this week, said according to his timing he could not be the father of the five month-old infant, Frances Quinn Hunter, and said he’d not paid any money to Hunter or the married former Edwards staffer who has said he’s the father.


Saturday, Hunter’s lawyer, Robert Gordon, issued a statement for his client saying she wanted to forever protect the privacy of her daughter, whose birth certificate from Feb. 27 carries no name on the father line.

“Rielle will not participate in DNA testing or any other invasion of her or her daughter’s privacy now or in the future,’ Gordon said.

Be sure to watch the Rielle Hunter video at the end of this item.

Edwards, who publicly denied the affair until he admitted it, has said, and his wife Elizabeth has confirmed, that the former Democratic senator and presidential candidate told her about his liaison with Hunter in 2006 and it was a difficult period for them.

Edwards says the affair was brief and occurred while his wife’s breast cancer was in remission.

In his statement and an interview with ABC, Edwards said, “I am and have been willing to take any test necessary to establish the fact that I am not the father of any baby, and I am truly hopeful that a test will be done so this fact can be definitively established.”

Looks like not. For now.

-- Andrew Malcolm