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Cate Edwards stands by her father, John Edwards

by Jorge Hernandez on June 9, 2011

Cate Edwards stood by her father John at his recent court hearing. John Edwards, the former presidential candidate who has been charged by the Justice Department for counts of conspiracy and perjury related to his campaign finance money and his extramarital affair with a campaign videographer, is considered by many to be a fallen politician.

Many are wondering why Cate, a Harvard-law graduate practicing gender discrimination law in Washington, stood by her infamous father.

Cate was especially close to her mother, Elizabeth Edwards, who died from cancer last year after a long battle.

According to the New York Times, one source close to the family spoke about Cate's loyalty to her family.

"Despite all the things that have happened, she wants her father to succeed and her family to stay together," Glenn Bergenfield, a family friend of the Edwards, told the news source. "It’s not any more complicated than that."

Bergenfield is the godfather to one of the Edwards' sons and is credited for introducing John and Elizabeth to each other decades ago, according to the news outlet.

Bergenfield also said that "Cate has been through harder times than even this with her father, and there was no doubt about what she was going to do."

The passing of Elizabeth Edwards was the second death of a member in their immediate family. Cate's older brother Wade died at the age of 16, due to a car accident.

Cate has two younger siblings aged 11 and 13. John Edwards also fathered a child with his mistress and videographer, Rielle Hunter.

Journalist Margaret Carlson of Bloomberg recently wrote a scathing report on "Crime and Punishment and Senator John Edwards." Carlson speculated on Cate's perspective, standing next to her father on the day of the court hearing.

"Just to Edwards’s right was his older daughter, Cate – a testament to the fact that no matter how big a lout, we get only one father in life," wrote Carlson.

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