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John Edwards’ Family Running Rabid, Rabid Republican Neighbor Off His Land

Posted by Casey on April 9, 2007


Remember the guy who put up a pro-Rudy sign across the street from the Edwards’ $6 million compound? Yeah … Elizabeth Edwards is afraid of him.

Elizabeth Edwards says she is scared of the “rabid, rabid Republican” who owns property across the street from her Orange County home — and she doesn’t want her kids going near the gun-toting neighbor.

You know how those gun-toters are … scary people. If only our founding fathers had been sensitive enough to ban guns. Since the Edwards family has never met Johnson in person … why are the afraid of him?

Edwards, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, particularly recalls the time neighbor Monty Johnson brought out a gun while chasing workers investigating a right of way near his property.

Ok, that’s a little creepy. Unless you believe Johnson’s side of the story.

But Johnson defended the occasion he brandished a gun, saying those ON his land didn’t have the proper approval.

Maybe if they finally met each other they could at least be cordial.

“I wouldn’t be nice to him, anyway,” Edwards said in an interview. “I don’t want my kids anywhere near some guy who, when he doesn’t like somebody, the first thing he does is pull a gun out. It scares the business out of me.”

So Elizabeth Edwards refuses to be nice to her neighbor? Not very neighborly Mrs. Edwards. I guess she isn’t going for the sympathy vote anymore.

Here’s the meaty part of the story.

Edwards views Johnson as a “rabid, rabid Republican” who refuses to clean up his “slummy” property just to spite her family, whose lavish 28,000-square-foot estate is nearby on 102 wooded acres.

Remember, she’s never met Johnson.

Johnson, 55, acknowledges his Republican roots. But he takes offense to the suggestion he has purposefully left his property, including an old garage he leases for use as a car shop, in dilapidated condition.

Johnson said he has lived his entire life on the property, which he said his family purchased before the Great Depression. He said he’s spent a lot of money to try and fix up the 42-acre tract.

“I have to budget. I have to live within my means,” Johnson said. “I don’t have millions of dollars to fix the place.”

Good job Johnson! Way to stick the “Two Americas” argument to her.

Here’s another reason the Edwards’ don’t like Johnson.

Johnson, who has posted a “Go Rudy Giuliani 2008” sign on a fence just 100 feet from the entrance to the Edwards’ driveway, has criticized Edwards for the scale of their nearby home. The property and home, which includes an indoor basketball court, an indoor handball court and an indoor pool, is valued at $5.3 million.

There is a very sad story here that shows the true demonic personalities of the Edwards’ family.

“I thought he was supposed to be for the poor people,” Johnson said. “But does he ever socialize with any poor people? He doesn’t speak to me.”

Johnson said he has put his property on the market, in part blaming the high property taxes for his decision to leave. He also wants to move for another reason.

“I don’t want to live somewhere where someone’s always complaining about me,” he said.

To summarize:

  • A poor Republican man’s family has owned this property since before the Great Depression.
  • A rich Democrat family builds a mansion next door in 2003, and never introduces themselves to poor neighbor while campaigning to help the poor.
  • Poor Republican neighbor endorses Republican candidate for president.
  • Rich Democrat neighbor, who is running for president, gets mad that poor Republican neighbor endorses his opponent.
  • Poor Republican neighbor likes the second amendment.
  • Rich Democrat neighbor doesn’t.
  • Poor Republican neighbor doesn’t have the money fix up his property to his neighbors liking.
  • Rich Democrat neighbor is mad that their poor Republican neighbor can’t fix up their property, but offer no assistance while campaigning to help the poor.
  • Poor Republican neighbor is being run off of his property by new rich Democrat neighbors.
  • Rich Democrat neighbors are happy that poor Republican neighbor is going to move because they are afraid of him, and would refuse to be nice to him anyway because he is a poor, rabid Republican.

The real story here isn’t that Mrs. Edwards is calling her neighbor (whom she’s never met) names. It’s that a rich Democrat family moved into a new neighborhood, and forced a poor Republican to move off the land his family has owned since before the Great Depression. All while campaigning to help the poor.

Two Americas indeed.

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