Edwin Edwards Makes it Interesting!!

He’s the only Democrat in the 6th district race so he’s likely to make the run off. That’s when things get interesting. He’s been a a very active candidate, running a serious campaign all over his district at church fairs, council meetings, numerous restaurants, and at homes. He’s 87 years, old, a convicted felon only recently released from prison, a recent new Dad with a gorgeous blond trophy wife 50+ years his junior whom he met as a pen pal while in the stir.

The prevailing political wisdom states that the more conservative the Republican standard bearer turns out to be, the better Edward’s chances. It’s possible he’ll win the primary outright, winning more than 50% of the vote. No Republican in the run off is expected to garner more than 20%.

Edwin and Trina on Campaign Trail

Edwin and Trina on Campaign Trail


EWE Legislative Record:  

  1. Created the only constitutionally mandated education trust fund in the country…now worth 1.2 billion and churning out 40 million plus a year to be invested in higher education.
  1. Raised oil royalty taxation rates from .25 cents per barrel of oil to 12.5 % of the value of a barrel of oil which resulted in billions of Big Oil tax dollars to be invested in Louisiana.
  1. Built 3 public hospitals. Built 3 bridges across the Mississippi  River.
  1. Instrumental in securing the financing for both the Superdome and Cajundome.
  1. Led the effort to write and ratify a modern constitution for Louisiana that serves us to this day. Restructured 260 inefficient State agencies to just 20 organized Departments. .
  1. Laid the groundwork for the I-40 corridor linking south and north Louisiana.
  1. Reinvented the LA vocational training school system ….with a vo-tech school within 25 miles of nearly every LA citizen.
  1. Unemployment below 5.5% all 16 years Edwards was Governor of Louisiana.
  1. Defeated David Duke and arguably saved both the reputation and economy of the State of Louisiana.
  1. Appointed historic numbers of women and minorities to office. 26 elective runs for office over 60 years with one defeat.
  1. Campaigned with JFK, friends with LBJ, met Elvis.
  1. Supports investment in the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) and the emerging Louisiana eBike Corridor (LEC)…along with investments in high speed rail, coastal repair and rehabilitation.

Governor Edwin Washington Edwards—the last of the New Deal Democratic populists who when in the House was one of a very few Southern congressmen to exhibit political courage and to vote for the renewal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

In a previous era when a white nursing applicant wanted a job at Charity Hospital an already employed black nurse had to resign to make way. Edwin Washington Edwards put an end to that.

“I may be old and rancid butter but I’m on your side of the bread.”   EWE

“People say, well, they’re (DC) all crooks anyhow. You might as well send an experienced one.”   EWE

Edwards Reality Show Still

Edwards Family Reality Show Still from their short lived A%E series

 

This is from the Wikipedia entry for Edwin Edwards-

Edwin Washington Edwards (born August 7, 1927) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as the U.S. Representative for Louisiana’s 7th congressional district from 1965 to 1972 and 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.

A colorful, powerful and legendary figure in Louisiana politics, Edwards, who has been dubbed the “very last of the line of New Deal Southern Democrats”, was long dogged by charges of corruption. In 2001, he was found guilty of racketeering charges and sentenced to ten years in Federal prison. Edwards began serving his sentence in October 2002 in Fort Worth, Texas, and was later transferred to the federal facility in Oakdale, Louisiana. Edwards was released from federal prison in January 2011, after serving eight years. He entered into home confinement at his daughter’s Denham Springs, Louisiana home through the supervision of a halfway house, on January 13, 2011. Following that, Edwards was placed on parole. In February 2013, Edwards was granted early release from parole. His wife Trina made the announcement on her Facebook page.

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~ by neworleansmusicman on November 3, 2014.

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