Local woman tells Oprah she wants money back

RALEIGH Kitty Stockton says she had no idea Andrew Young and his wife were going to be guests on The Oprah Show on the same day she was in the audience.

"It was purely coincidental," she said.

The Triangle woman says before the show, producers found out she was not only from North Carolina, but had also contributed $500 to the John Edwards campaign in 2007.

"It wasn't my intention to say anything," Stockton said.

But when Andrew Young started talking about how he felt for all the thousands of people who gave money they couldn't afford, slept in gyms and volunteered thousands of hours to John Edwards' campaign, the attention turned to Stockton.

"All of a sudden the microphone and the boom was there and Oprah's speaking to me directly," she said. "I couldn't exactly say nothing."

"I gave $500 to John Edwards and I'd really like my money back," she told Oprah.

Stockton says she feels the money went to someone who didn't deserve it.

"I'm so disappointed in what happened," Stockton said. "I need the money; I mean I wish I had that money back."

Knowing she won't be getting the money back is tough, but it's not as difficult as having to explain the Edwards' affair, the sex tape and the lies to her two young boys.

"The only way I can explain it is a classic moral failure," Stockton said.

She says it is the failure of a few to do the right thing, but not of the entire system.

"Not all politicians are like him and you might say the system worked, because he didn't get elected," Stockton said.

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