Monday, October 13, 2003

John Edwards: Clark's personal attorney

Okay, not that John Edwards. But he did run for Congress once-- as a Democrat.

Clark's Aide Called to Military Duty
Monday, October 13, 2003; 8:07 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark is losing his personal lawyer and campaign driver, who has been summoned to active military duty in the Middle East, possibly Iraq, campaign officials said Monday.

John C. Edwards, a lieutenant colonel in the 39th Infantry Brigade of the Arkansas National Guard, is to leave Friday for Jordan, then expects to go to Iraq "or wherever, as directed," Edwards said. Clark has sternly criticized the U.S. military action in Iraq.

"I've spent my whole life preparing for this day. It's what you do when you're in the Guard. When it's your time to serve, you serve. And I'm proud to serve," Edwards said.

Edwards was among the first people to sign on with the Clark campaign, having handled Clark's legal affairs since the candidate left military service in 2000 and returned to Arkansas to become a businessman.
Asked about his present situation in light of Clark's criticism of the war, Edwards chuckled and said: "I believe in the Constitution of the United States of America and I'm on active duty."
A former congressional aide, Edwards was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Congress eight years ago.

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