Blogger Quits Edwards Campaign In Light Of Conservative Criticism

One of the chief campaign bloggers for Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards quit yesterday after conservative critics raised questions about her history of provocative online messages.

Amanda Marcotte posted on her personal blog that the criticism "was creating a situation where I felt that every time I coughed, I was risking the Edwards campaign." Marcotte said she resigned from her position yesterday and that her resignation was accepted by the campaign.

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, demanded last week that Edwards fire Marcotte and a second blogger, Melissa McEwan. Donohue has called them "foul-mouthed bigots."

Edwards called some of the online messages personally offensive but decided to keep Marcotte and McEwan on staff.

An Edwards spokeswoman confirmed that Marcotte is no longer working with the campaign but declined to elaborate.