Louisiana Ex-Con Governor Running For Congress (For Real This Time)


Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards (D) finally announced that he’s run for Congress.

“I acknowledge there are good reasons I should not run. But there are better reasons why I should,” Edwards said according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Monday.

Edwards’ decision to run for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District, held by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) who is running for Senate, ends months of him floating or suggesting he might run for Congress.

In an interview with Bloomberg News Edwards said he was in the final stages of announcing his candidacy for Congress. But shortly after the report was published Edwards’ wife said that her husband was not in fact running for Congress.

Edwards, 86, actually served in Congress before from 1965 to 1972. After spending eight years in prison before being released in 2011 Edwards was one of the main characters of a very short-lived reality TV show. After that project fizzled he was dropping hints that he would run for Congress.

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