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April 16, 2014

Report: Edwin Edwards Mulls Congressional Bid

Report: Edwin Edwards Mulls Congressional Bid

Cassidy is gearing up for a Senate run. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Disgraced former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, who spent eight years in federal prison after being convicted of a litany of racketeering, extortion and money laundering charges, is mulling a bid for Louisiana’s 6th District, according to a local report.

Edwards, 86, is allegedly considering a bid for the seat being vacated by GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy because he believes the field on both sides of the aisle is weak, according to the Hay Ride, a Louisiana politics blog.

Three Republicans are currently running in the open-seat contest: state Sen. Dan Claitor, businessman Paul Dietzel and attorney Cassie Felder. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, a Republican, is also considering a bid.

Edwards, who represented Louisiana’s 7th District from 1965 to 1972 before being elected governor, would be the first Democrat to enter the contest.

Although Edwards was convicted on federal charges, he can still run for and be elected to Congress, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Most recently, Edwards’ life was depicted on the reality TV show “The Governor’s Wife” on A&E. The show was quickly canceled due to poor viewership.

Louisiana’s 6th District is deeply conservative.  GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the district by a 34-point margin in 2012.

Louisiana’s 6th District is rated a Safe Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • southerndemnut

    I think Edwards’ days are numbered, even in Louisiana. With that said, it would make for an interesting race, if primarily for the entertainment value. Voters in Louisiana are not turned off by candidates with checkered pasts, as Edwards is far from the first to be elected to anything. The chances of him getting elected are probably small, mainly because of his age and the fact that younger voters (less than 50 years old) are less likely to vote for the person than the party. In the past, as was the case in a lot of the South, the party label was less influential than the candidate themselves and what they stood for. I am not sure Edwards would be able to win as a Republican either.

  • pitch1934

    If the ex-con can run for office, then all ex-cons in the state of Louisiana should be able to vote for him. Personally, I think they should be barred from office.

  • Miles Coleman

    There’s already a Democrat running; Richard Lieberman from LaPlace.

  • Mark N Starla Traina

    LOUISIANA POLITICIANS LOVE to PLAY MUSICAL CHAIRS!

    FORMER LOUISIANA GOVERNOR EDWIN EDWARDS is a LILY WHITE LYING LIBERAL CAREER POLITICIAN, as well as, a CONVICTED FELON who is once again contemplating his POLITICAL FUTURE!

    EDWIN EDWARDS is older than GOD and UGLIER than the MUD FENCE daubed with TADPOLES! EDWIN EDWARDS is a CAREER POLITICAL CRIMINAL now wants the sitting GOVERNOR of LOUISIANA-BOBBY JINDAL to give him a FULL-PARDON.

    FACT: If I were the sitting GOVERNOR of LOUISIANA I wouldn’t give EDWIN EDWARDS a HAND-FULL of $HYT, much less any kind of PARDON!

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/onpolitics/2014/01/03/edwin-edwards-congress-louisiana-comeback/4303043/

    LIBERALS, who the HELL needs em LOUISIANA sure don’t!

    FACT: EDWIN EDWARDS is currently MARRIED to a SUPER MODEL!

    QUESTION: How many 86-year old WOMEN do you thing EDWIN EDWARDS was ATTRACTED to when he was 32-years old, HANDSOME, WELL-EDUCATED and ready to TAKE on the WORLD?

    ANSWER: A recent POLL CONDUCTED by the NAAWP indicated “NOT ANY”, “MUCH LESS THAN ONE”, “NADDA”!

    FACT: EDWIN EDWARDS whole LIFE has been a BIG BOX of LILY WHITE LIES!

    fatuous1 considers a LOUISIANA SENATE RUN

    fatuous1 is a DIXIECRAT and not a REPUBLICRAT

    fatuous1 is a SOUTHERN DIXIE KENNEDY (ask not what your COUNTRY can do for you) DEMOCRAT

    (504) 231-3056

    MARK TRAINA

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    mark a. traina/certified school psychologist/economist/civil rights activist/504-231-3056

    NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT of WHITE PEOPLE in 2014

    “The NAAWP has EVERYTHING to do with basic HUMAN RIGHTS and CHRISTAINITY, and absolutely NOTHING to do with RACISM!” (TRAINAISM, 2012)

    • Vanessa

      Mark, She is NOT a super model. Edit that. That’s all that narcissistic GOLD DIGGER needs to see from you. She wears so much makeup, fake hair, fake eyelashes, fake teeth, fake breasts, fake lips, fillers and Botox all in her face…. I know!!!

  • Vanessa

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    • Vanessa

      Edwin Edwards wife is “starving for attention.” Since her Reality Show was a flop and embarrassment to Louisiana, she just cannot stand not getting any attention. She and his daughter Anna need help!!!

  • Mark N Starla Traina

    CRACKA
    SMACKAS, POLAR BEAR HUNTERS and KNOCKOUT WHITEYERS!

    Start
    to PLAY the KNOCKOUT DA JEW GAME!

    http://theinterrobang.com/2013/11/new-game-knock-out-the-jew/

    KNOCKIN
    OUT WHITES WIT BASEBALL BATS in the BIG EASY:

    http://dailykenn.blogspot.com/2014/02/new-orleans-bicyclists-beaten-by-bats.html


    but don’t tell ANYBODY, just let it be our little SECRET!

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