Andrew Young (political operative)

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This article is about the aide to politician John Edwards. For other people named "Andrew Young", see Andrew Young (disambiguation).

Andrew Aldridge Young (born March 23, 1966) was a key staff member in the John Edwards 2008 presidential campaign. Young came to prominence via a scandal in which he claimed paternity of Rielle Hunter's child born on February 27, 2008. John Edwards had admitted a past affair with Hunter, but denied paternity of the baby even though Edwards was in fact the father.[1] Young has since renounced that statement.

Early life[edit]

Young is the son of the late Robert T. Young (1935–2009), a Methodist minister who held positions at churches in Asheville, Boone, Statesville and at Duke Chapel, all in North Carolina; his uncle is the author Perry Deane Young.[2]

Young is a 1984 graduate of C.E. Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina, where he was a captain of the football team.

Family life[edit]

Young married Cheri Pfister Young [3] in 1999 and they have three young children.

Young now resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Young has worked for the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers. He registered as a lobbyist in 1999 and started working for John Edwards as a campaign staffer.[4] He is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law, though he is not a licensed lawyer. Young is ex-owner of Winner's Deli in Asheville, North Carolina.

Paternity scandal[edit]

Through his attorney, Pamela J. Marple, Andrew Young publicly claimed fatherhood of Rielle Hunter's daughter Quinn in December 2007.[5] Young later denied this, claiming Edwards was indeed the father and his original claim of paternity was part of a cover-up.[6]