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Former Governor, And Prison Convict, Edwin Edwards To Run For Congress

Edwin Edwards, who served four terms as Louisiana’s Governor before being sent to prison on corruption charges, is running for Congress:

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards officially announced he is running for Congress on Monday, hoping to recharge a political career after serving nearly a decade in prison on federal corruption charges.

Edwards announced his bid Monday at a weekly meeting of the Baton Rouge Press Club, ending months of speculation as to whether the 86-year-old former governor, convict and reality star would run for the vacant Baton Rouge-area seat.

“I’ve given a great deal of thought to do this, I’ve read articles from pundits … and I acknowledge there are good reasons why I should not run,” Edwards said. “But there are better reasons why I should, and good reasons should give way to better reasons. Therefore I will be a candidate for Congress from the 6th Congressional District this year.”

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Edwards was convicted in 2000 of extorting businesses applying for casino licenses. A polltaken after his release in 2011 found him the second-most popular governor in the state since 1980, with 30 percent saying he was the best governor in that time, 5 points behind incumbent Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Edwards was a Member of Congress before becoming Governor so this would be a return to Washington for him. Could he win? With numbers like those he had in 2011, anything seems possible.

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  1. PJ says:

    Edwards announced his bid Monday at a weekly meeting of the Baton Rouge Press Club, ending months of speculation as to whether the 86-year-old former governor, convict and reality star would run for the vacant Baton Rouge-area seat.

    I think the bold part answers both the how and why.

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  2. Tyrell says:

    Wouldn’t he be kind of old?

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  3. Pinky says:

    How could you not run a photo of Edwards with his 35-year-old wife and infant son?

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