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John Edwards: Out of Sight, Out of Mind at the DNC

September 4, 2012
As the who's-who of the Democratic party descends upon Charlotte this week for the party's national convention, don't count on seeing one past political star in the mix: John Edwards.

The former North Carolina senator and vice presidential nominee, who lives only a few hours away in Chapel Hill, won't be mounting a political resurrection at the DNC. USA Today reports that many convention attendees are glad he is not invited:

"I have a lot of friends who are liberal Democrats," says Steven Greene, a North Carolina State professor. "None of them has a good word to say about him. The word you hear most is 'sleaze.'"

Even delegates who once supported Edwards say he has no place here. "I have to believe in second chances, because that's what my faith teaches," says George Battle, bishop of the AME Zion Church of North Carolina. "But we have to have standards and principles."

Edwards began to fall from grace when he admitted to having an affair with a campaign worker while his wife was battling cancer. It was later revealed he fathered a child with the campaign worker.
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