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Not everyone thinks John Edwards should hide under a rock

June 4, 2012 

Well, not everyone thinks John Edwards should permanently retire from public life. Rocky Twyman, a Baltimore activist who has gained headlines in recent years for his “Pray at the Pump Movement” advocacy for lower gas prices, will hold a “vigil of hope” for Edwards on Monday afternoon in front of the White House in Lafayette Park.

“Many of the Pray at the Pump Movement were impressed by John Edwards’ statement of contrition,” Twyman said in a news release sent out over the weekend. “He and his parents all publicly gave thanks to God for the not guilty verdict.”

Contrition plus Edwards’ work on poverty issues prompts Twyman’s group to pray for the disgraced politician. They will bring signs to the vigil reading “John Edwards for President in 2016,” “There Is Still Hope with God,” and “John Edwards: God Still Loves You No Matter What the World Says.”

Plans will be made to hold similar hope-for-Edwards vigils all across the country, he says.

GOP Congress hopeful mum on Edwards verdict

A significant piece of Republican George Holding’s campaign biography is his role as U.S. attorney prosecuting the case against John Edwards. The Raleigh congressional candidate left his role before the case went to trial – but what does he think about the case given Thursday’s verdict?

Holding’s not talking.

His campaign strategist, Carter Wrenn, said Holding wouldn’t comment about the case. “I don’t think it’s quite appropriate,” Wrenn said Friday, referring questions to the current federal prosecutors.

But Holding’s campaign did defend the cost of the prosecution in the May primary race. His GOP opponent Paul Coble called the Edwards prosecution political. “I think there is no question that Holding thought those two cases would take him to Congress,” Coble is quoted saying.

At the time, Wrenn issued a statement calling Coble’s remarks “bizarre.” “Paul Coble’s actually slamming George Holding for prosecuting Mike Easley and John Edwards – and saying those prosecutions were a waste of taxpayers’ money. We just entered the twilight zone,” Wrenn said.

And now Holding’s Democratic opponent in the 13th District is talking. “It seem like it was a stretch to convict him, as we see now,” said Charles Malone. “I don’t think it was the best use of taxpayer money.”

Malone questions whether Holding’s political leanings entered into his thinking on the case, calling it “suspicious.” At the same time, Malone said public officials should be held accountable.

Malone touts jobs as his campaign’s focus

Malone, in other news, said he would make jobs a central part of his on-again-off-again campaign. Over the weekend, he released a statement saying the slight increase in unemployment in May is not so bad.

“Despite that, we can take heart that our progress is steady even if it is not as fast as we want, especially considering the tremendous deficit from which we are emerging,” Malone said.

He said the 8.2 percent “is just one more strong indication of the need for congressional passage of a jobs bill” and, if elected, he said he would work on a bipartisan bill that “invests in the future of the nation” through infrastructure and education.

Malone is running against Holding in the November general election. He had pulled out of the race because of health concerns but is back in it.

Thomas’ alleged affair pops up on state convention floor

Charles Thomas resigned his post as chief of staff to House Speaker Thom Tillis after being confronted with his relationship with a female lobbyist. But he is apparently still a Republican National Committee delegate for his 11th congressional district.

At the state party convention Saturday, a GOP activist rose to ask him to resign. “Recently (Thomas) had to resign that position because of adultery with a lobbyist,” the man said, as the crowd stirred about airing its dirty laundry so publicly. “Pretty much we are asking that he also resign his national delegate position as we fought here recently on our primary to preserve marriage, and I believe adultery actually follows under ...” The convention chairman cut the speaker off mid-sentence. No action took place.

It does not appear Thomas attended the convention. Thomas, a former state lawmaker, lives in Asheville. He recently opened a government consulting firm.

Staff writers Craig Jarvis and John Frank

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