When asked whether John Edwards has been invited to next month's Democratic National Committee's convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a Democratic convention official had only one word for THE WEEKLY STANDARD: "No."
Edwards, who represented North Carolina in the U.S. Senate from 1999-2005, was his party's vice presidential nominee in 2004 presidential election. Edwards's old running mate, however, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, has been invited to the convention and will be delivering a speech.
The Democratic convention official refused to explain why Edwards had not been invited to this year's convention in his home state.
But one imagines Edwards was stiffed at least in part because of his high-profile legal problems and the fact that he fathered an illegitimate child as his wife was dying of cancer.
Former President Bill Clinton is delivering the keynote address at this year's Democratic convention on September 5. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are expected to receive their party's official nomination the next day.
Edwards was reportedly disinvited from the 2008 Democratic convention after reports surfaced of his affair.