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The Elements of Power by Terry R. BACON

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CHAPTER 9THE TREE AND ITS SHADOW

The Power of Reputation

MANY PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER THE TAWDRY TALE OF JOHN EDWARDS, DEMO-cratic presidential contender in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Edwards had been the vice presidential candidate in the 2004 election and was considered a serious possibility for the top slot in 2008. He garnered enough early support to launch a campaign and had raised nearly $44 million in contributions by the end of 2007; however, after repeated poor showings in the initial presidential primaries, he suspended his campaign on January 30, 2008. The following summer, the National Enquirer reported that Edwards had had an affair with a campaign worker, videographer Rielle Hunter, who subsequently gave birth to a daughter. ...

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