Andrew Young (political operative)

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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, and Edwards publicly admitted paternity on January 21, 2010.[2]

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.[3]

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 [4] 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.[5] 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.[6] Young later denied this, claiming Edwards was indeed the father and his original claim of paternity was part of a cover-up.[7]



  1. ^ Baker, Mike. Edwards admits he fathered videographer's child[dead link], Associated Press, January 21, 2010.
  2. ^ Myers, Lisa; Austin, Michael (21 January 2010). "Edwards admits fathering child with mistress". NBC News. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Obituary for Robert T. Young
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  6. ^ No dad listed for child; John Edwards aide claims paternity, August 1, 2008, The News and Observer, Raleigh, North Carolina. Archived August 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Lewis, Neil (2009-09-19). "For Edwards, Drama Builds Toward a Denouement". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-20.