I hereby apologize . . . for cash

From the PuffHo:

I, Rielle Hunter, Apologize
by Rielle Hunter

I behaved badly. That may seem obvious to you but it’s taken me a long time to admit that, even to myself. For years I was so viciously attacked by the media and the world that I felt like a victim. I now realize that the attacks are actually beside the point. The point is: I behaved badly.

I am very sorry for my wrong, selfish behavior. Back in 2006, I did not think about the scope of my actions, how my falling in love with John Edwards, and acting on that love, could hurt so many people. I hurt Elizabeth and her kids. I hurt her family. I hurt John’s family. I hurt people that knew Elizabeth. I hurt people who didn’t know Elizabeth but loved her from afar. I hurt people who gave their hard earned dollars to a campaign — a cause they believed in. I hurt people who are married and believe in marriage. Many of these people have let me know that I hurt them. Unfortunately, I was not thinking about anyone but myself. I was selfish. I fell in love with John Edwards and wanted to be with him and that desire trumped everything else.

And then instead of apologizing when I should have, I went on to hurt more people by writing a book. I truly did not realize at that time how damaged I was and because of that, when I wrote my book I made more mistakes, ones I feel horrible about.

OK, good so far. And then we get to the motive:

My publisher came up with the idea of me going through my book and annotating all of my regrets and mistakes. I liked that idea. I thought it was innovative and interesting, but of course the actual execution of that idea turned out to be excruciating. Owning your past mistakes is no day at the beach but I do believe it is an important endeavor to undertake.

In other words, I have another book to sell!

Normally, I illustrate these articles with photos of the book cover and a link to the book on Amazon.com, where you can order the book online, and perhaps throw a few cents commission to me. But I’m not going to do it this time, because I don’t want you to give one red cent to Miss Hunter. Former Senator Edwards has been paying child support of an amount I could not find online — though she originally asked for $17,000 a month — and I suppose that’s what she’s been living on, but a real apology would be one where she isn’t trying to make a buck, and follows her apology with just shutting up.

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