As a new parent, I am completely disgusted by John Edwards' actions over the past three years, including his recent statement regarding the paternity of his 2-year old daughter ("Edwards Says Child Is His," Jan. 22). The sad truth is that the former senator still doesn't realize the extent of the damage that he has done to his family.
A public cry for privacy is laughable (ask Tiger Woods), and the self-admitted egocentric and narcissist still thinks he can save what is left of his public image by issuing yet another "come clean" statement. It is offensive to think that the country he wished to lead would spare him any criticism, especially if his recent admission occurs two weeks before his former aide's tell-all book details the scandal.
In his statement, Mr. Edwards states that "hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me." For Quinn's sake, I hope that she will never fully understand how selfish her father is. In the beginning years of her life, Mr. Edwards cowardly denied fatherhood in an attempt to rescue his failing political career.
I find it ironic that Mr. Edwards wants to reassure the American people that he has "been providing financial support for Quinn" while he is under federal investigation for his campaign finances. Like most men of his pedigree, he is only "truly sorry" once he is caught.
JEFFREY D. SHELLENBERGER