Baron grants an interview to the Texas Lawyer, and makes some implausible claims:
Baron says that in late 2007 he helped Hunter, former Edwards campaign worker Andrew Young, Young’s wife and the Youngs’ three children relocate to California from North Carolina, because they were being hounded by tabloid reporters and paparazzi.
“It was just a horrible, horrible situation,” Baron says. “I paid for them to relocate to another home in another state.”
Baron says he paid for several months of rent on a house in Santa Barbara, Calif., out of his own pocket and didn’t inform Edwards. “I never discussed it with John. He was on the campaign trail in Iowa at the time,” Baron says.
Baron declines to say how much he spent in rent for the house but says reports that he paid $15,000 a month are not true.
Baron says he did not learn of Edwards’ affair with Hunter until about two or three weeks ago, when Edwards told him and some other friends. “I was shocked,” Baron says.
Like Amy Alkon, I am happy to accept relocation to Santa Barbara if Fred Baron wants to spread his generosity around. I don’t even need an ocean view, though I can apparently get one for only $2600-$3900 a week.
Some questions remain:
- When did Andrew Young stop working for Edwards, and why?
- How did Young and Hunter afford those nice homes in North Carolina to begin with?
NB that federal campaign finance laws limit me to giving $2300 to Obama or McCain per election cycle; I am not allowed to get around that by instead spending tens of thousands of dollars of rent for their campaign workers or secret lovers.
I don’t think the National Enquirer is the most credible source in the world, but it’s more credible than either Edwards or Baron, so it’s worth noting that their latest story claims that Edwards was aware of the Baron payments.