Rumor claims John Edwards has proposed to mistress Rielle Hunter

If the National Enquirer is to be believed, former vice-presidential candidate John Edwards might be campaigning for a Nobel Prize in being a cad.

According to the tabloid (which has broken exclusive stories about Edwards in the past, including the initial report of an affair with Hunter and the existence of the pair’s “love child” Frances Quinn), Edwards popped the question to his mistress as his estranged wife lay dying of cancer, and the pair plan to marry this summer. (Whether the ceremony will be held atop Elizabeth Edwards’ grave was not reported.)

Of course, the Enquirer‘s reputation is shaky at best, and the tabloid has erroneously reported plans to marry for Edwards and Hunter before:

John Edwards has proposed to his mistress Rielle Hunter, and is buying a luxury $3.5 million beachfront home where they can live happily ever after with their love child, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.

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During a recent and somewhat questionable GQ interview, Hunter commented on her hopes for a future involving Edwards:

“I do know that I love him and that love is till death do us part, and probably beyond,” Hunter recently told GQ magazine. “We have a child together, so at the very least we will be co-parents together.”

Edwards admitted to fathering the child with Hunter early last year, and Edwards left his cheating ass about a week later.