Washington, Aug.11 : Former U.S. vice-presidential candidate John Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, made catty remarks about his cancer-stricken wife Elisabeth to a friend and also blamed her getting fired from a videography job on her lover's presidential campaign, a new report claims.
"She does not give off good energy. She didn't make eye contact with me," Rielle is reported to have said of Elizabeth during a late 2006 lunch with Newsweek reporter Jonathan Darman.
Several months later, when Hunter was booted from her 100,000-dollar-plus job filming "Webisodes" on Edwards' campaign, she blasted Elizabeth Edwards, sniping, "Someday, the truth about her is going to come out," Darman wrote.
Hunter, 42, soon told the scribe she also was working on a "genius" TV-show idea involving "women who help men get out of failing marriages by having affairs with them."
When Hunter met with Darman again last summer, he asked her if she was dating anyone, and she allegedly replied, "I'm in love."
Coyly refusing to identify her beau, Hunter added, "I can't tell you [who], but maybe someday we'll all be friends," Darman recounted.
Edwards claims their relationship ended in 2006.
It's not clear what the political fallout from the affair will be. But Edwards announced "through one of his staffers he would not be attending the [Democratic] convention in Denver," Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said on "Fox News Sunday."
Edwards - pressured to come clean about his dealings with Hunter after vehemently denying an affair - finally admitted to their trysts on ABC's "Nightline."
But the former White House hopeful and 2004 Democratic vice-presidential nominee denied fathering Hunter's daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter, who was born in late February.
No father is listed by name on Frances' birth certificate, but Edwards' former campaign honcho, Andrew Young - a married father of three - has claimed he sired the child.
Edwards has offered to take a paternity test, but Hunter, who has gone into hiding, has said she will not subject her daughter to one.