Edwards' Aide Seeks to Spill Secrets

During campaign, ex-pal initially claimed love child was his

By Cory Lopez
|  Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009  |  Updated 6:03 PM CDT
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Edwards' Aide Seeks to Spill Secrets

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John Edwards' presidential campaign bottomed out when news broke that he had an extramarital affair.

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The man who helped John Edwards out of a tricky situation during his presidential campaign, moving in with a pregnant staffer who was linked romantically to the candidate, is ready to tell the whole story.

Andrew Young, the longtime friend and aide of John Edwards, is shopping a tell-all book to New York publishers, according to The Daily Beast. Last week, Young submitted a 20-page proposal and began a round of visits to New York publishers. According to his proposal, represented by agent David McCormick at McCormick Williams, the book would chronicle his longstanding friendship with the Edwards family and the strange role he played in the 2008 scandal that thwarted the politician's Presidential bid.

Young will presumably use the book deal to dish about his relations with Rielle Hunter, the woman who had an affair with John Edwards during the 2008 campaign for president and subsequently had a baby. Under pressure, Edwards admitted to having an affair with Hunter but denies paternity. When the baby was born, no father was listed on the birth certificate, and Hunter's initial threats to submit baby Frances for a paternity test were quickly dropped.

In return for an undisclosed sum, Young said the baby was his and moved to Santa Barbara, Calif., taking in the then-pregnant Hunter to live with him, his wife and and their three children. It was later revealed that the move was bankrolled by Edwards' campaign chairman, Fred Baron.

In the book proposal, Young details the fallout when the details of the arrangement went public and decribes how he feels betrayed by the once-friendly Edwards family.

There have been no takers for Young’s book as of yet. But one editor estimates the book could bring up to $1 million.

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