Edwin Edwards Runs For Congress!!
Will wonders never cease! Talk about reinventing the political paradigm and upsetting the political apple cart! Edwin Edwards continues to surprise and delight!
Edwin Washington Edwards (born August 7, 1927) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as the 50th Governor of Louisiana for four terms (1972–1980, 1984–1988 and 1992–1996), twice as many elected terms as any other Louisiana chief executive. He served a total of sixteen years in office, the sixth-longest serving gubernatorial tenure in post-Constitutional U.S. history at 5,784 days.
Edwards, who served eight years in a federal prison for racketeering in a riverboat casino licensing scheme, leads a crowded field for a November open primary in his bid for a U.S. House of Representatives seat but trails head-to-head against two rivals he could face in a runoff, according to a recent poll.
He’s in a hard core Republican district with an open primary meaning Dems. run against Repubs. in the first round, and the top two vote-getters meet in the runoff. Edwards retains his considerable charm as an octogenarian. Many Louisianians see Edwards as a national embarrassment for his conviction, the epitome of the corrupt Louisiana politician.
The 86-year, who was released from prison in 2011, is vying for the Baton Rouge-area House seat now held by Republican Bill Cassidy, who is running for the U.S. Senate.
An open primary, with candidates from all parties, will be held on November 4, with a runoff set for Dec. pitting the top two vote-getters if no candidate exceeds 50 percent.
Edwards led all candidates in the open primary with the support of 32 percent of 687 respondents questioned on Tuesday in the survey by pollster Darrell Glascock of the Glascock Group released on Thursday. His two nearest rivals, tied at 16 percent, were Republican entrepreneur Paul Dietzel and Republican state senator Dan Claitor.
The poll showed Edwards trailing both Dietzel and Claitor by 14 percentage points head-to-head when pitted in a possible runoff matchup. Now anything is possible in Louisiana politics, especially where Edwards is concerned. He won three terms in the Louisiana House before running for Governor in the 1970s.