Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards (D), one of the more colorful characters in the state’s political lore, is tight-lipped about rumors that he is contemplating a congressional run.
“I don’t have any comment at this time,” Edwards told the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Thursday.
Edwards, 86, declined to comment on a report published Thursday on conservative Louisiana politics website The Hayride, which cited an anonymous source who said Edwards was mulling a run for the state’s 6th congressional district. The seat is vacant as incumbent Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) mounts a challenge to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).
The former governor added that it would be “a while” before he would make any decision about running for political office, although the Times-Picayune pointed out that he hasn’t exactly kept his desire to return to political life a secret.
The four-term former governor, who also previously served in Congress, was released from prison in 2011 after serving most of a 10-year sentence for extortion and racketeering, among other charges. His colorful personal life became fodder for a short-lived reality show, “The Governor’s Wife,” which centered around the former governor’s and his young wife’s families.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.