The second campaign blogger (though it turns out she wasn't hired as a blogger at all, rather a technical advisor) for the John Edwards campaign has stepped down from her position.
I regret to say that I have also resigned from the Edwards campaign. In spite of what was widely reported, I was not hired as a blogger, but a part-time technical advisor, which is the role I am vacating.
I would like to make very clear that the campaign did not push me out, nor was my resignation the back-end of some arrangement made last week. This was a decision I made, with the campaign's reluctant support, because my remaining the focus of sustained ideological attacks was inevitably making me a liability to the campaign, and making me increasingly uncomfortable with my and my family's level of exposure.
I feel that these two bloggers are setting an extremely bad precedent, though it may not be entirely their fault. By resigning they send the signal that bloggers can be used as an opening to attack candidates and possibly be viewed as a liability by the candidates themselves. She goes on to address this by saying:
I understand that there will be progressive bloggers who feel I am making the wrong decision, and I offer my sincerest apologies to them. One of the hardest parts of this decision was feeling as though I'm letting down my peers, who have been so supportive.
Sadly actions speak louder than words and I feel that the legitimacy of blogs in politics has suffered a great blow. What effects, if any, this will have are yet to be seen.
Source: Shakespeare's Sister