People don’t usually voluntarily turn themselves in for arrest
warrants that are more than 10 years old.
It’s a little different, however, when a person’s brother is
running for U.S. vice president.
Wesley Blake Edwards, brother to Democratic VP candidate John
Edwards, turned himself in Monday for a 10-year-old drunken driving
warrant stemming from a 1993 charge of driving under the influence,
careless driving and operating an uninsured vehicle in Aurora,
according to The Rocky Mountain News.
He voluntarily turned himself in five days before John Kerry and
John Edwards kick off a cross-country campaign trip Friday in
Aurora, where Kerry was born.
Convenient, isn’t it?
Actually, it was a pretty smart move by the Kerry campaign.
Although Wesley Edwards’ lawyer claims differently, the move was
likely an effort to avoid publicity of his client’s criminal
history later on when the campaign really heats up.
But what does that say about our society and our media?
Does it really matter what someone’s sibling did 10 years
It shouldn’t. It should matter what a presidential or vice
presidential candidate did in his or her past, but nearly everyone
has a brother or sister who has done something he or she
The candidate should not be punished for his or her family’s
Candidates should be judged on their platforms, their ideals and
their experience, not whether their brother has unresolved legal