A former volunteer for John Edwards says he couldn't overcome the star power of U.S. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Linda Gunter, a retired social studies teacher from Cary, volunteered for Edwards in New Hampshire for a month in 2004 and a week in 2008. She said his campaign was much better organized and his platform better detailed the second time.
"I was so proud of him in New Hampshire because he was the only candidate who had a book on all of his issues, had things really well thought-out," she told Dome. "It was just like he was overwhelmed by the star power of Obama and Clinton."
Gunter, 58, who now works as a legislative liaison for the N.C. Association of Educators, organized poll workers, talked with parents picking up their kids at school, made phone calls to supporters and worked the polls in 17-degree weather.
She said she was disappointed about Edwards' decision, but she hopes he could have a future in the Cabinet of a Democratic president, but she says he could continue working on poverty.
"He can still talk about those things as a private citizen," she said.