At dinner, everyone's talking about Edwin Edwards
DENHAM SPRINGS - People did not hold back, discussing their thoughts about Edwin Edwards' decision to return to politics after federal prison and a more than twenty-year hiatus from public service.
At Don's Seafood Monday night in Denham Springs, the dinner table banter was flowing as much as beer and Louisiana seafood. People were talking about Edwards' public announcement a few hours earlier.
People say they will have to let the voice of the voters decide whether or not to elect Edwards in November.
"If he has a constitutional right to run for office, he should be able to run," said one voter. "He is recognizable to the older generation. The younger generation, I'm not so sure. It may not be the same voting block he once dealt with."
The most recent election where some voters would have cast a ballot for Edwards was in 1991 when he ran for governor. Later, he was sentenced for corruption and served eight years in the federal penitentiary. People who elected him just before his trial and conviction say they're not so sure they'll back him this time.
"He didn't uphold what he should be doing, so I'm no longer in his corner," said Maurice Newman. "I think he should just retire. Enjoy his old age and leave the public doings to other people."
Others say he deserves another shot.
"No one should hold anything against anybody," said Shana Ingle. "We all do wrong, and everybody should be forgiven."