He is most well known for being convicted of laundering, conspiracy and multiple counts of racketeering in 2000. Edwards was accused of extorting millions from casino license applicants during his time in office. He was in prison from 2001 until 2011.
In wondering why the public should place their trust in the ex-convict he said, “I acknowledge that there are good reasons why I should not run. I know that, but there are better reasons why I should and good reasons have to give way to better reasons and therefore, I will be a candidate for congress in the sixth congressional district this year.”
The four term democrat is also known for his brash and sometimes racy personality, once stating to a nun as he hugged her in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, “Sister, just don’t let me get into the habit,” and when speaking of former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke whom he was running against, “The only place where David Duke and I are alike is we are both wizards under the sheets.”
Louisiana’s 6th Congressional seat is being left vacant by Republican Bill Cassidy, who is moving on to run for the Senate.
He has stated that he would like to work on the public works and agriculture committees in congress in order to help with oil and gas infrastructure in regards to his home state. He approves the Keystone XL pipeline.
When asked for his reply to people saying that his run for office would be negative and embarrassing he said, “They said that last time I ran for governor, and I don’t know, I hardly think it is an embarrassment to the state. It might be something the state should be proud of because forgiveness, understanding and second chances are important in life and in politics.”
Edwin Edwards was Governor for two terms from 1972 to 1980. He served a third term in 1983 and then a fourth in 1991, which is unprecedented in the state of Louisiana.
Pollsters feel that Edwards chances of winning are low. Still, he has some name recognition that could help to carry him forward. While serving his sentence he became friends with Trina Scott by mail. She is 51 years younger than him and the two of them got married shortly after he was released. The couple starred in a much maligned reality television series “The Governor’s Wife” on A&E, which was supposed to be a documentary of their lives after prison.
The Republican Party of Louisiana were none too pleased with the announcement of his running and said that as governor he was responsible for, “higher taxes, increased gambling and a culture of corruption that has harmed our image and business climate for decades.”
Edwards is also a vocal opponent of Republican Governor Bobby Jindal’s decision to opt out of medicaid expansion, which would provide health coverage to over 200,000 citizens in the state. He wants to try and use the office in congress to change that decision.
By Jason Khan