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Candidate wants Edwards out of 6th District race

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Posted: Aug 19, 2014 3:14 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Aug 19, 2014 3:14 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Edwin Edwards, Louisiana, politics, Congress, election, Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- Candidate for Congress, Cassie Felder, has asked Edwin Edwards to quit the race for the 6th District.

Felder, in a news release Tuesday, called Edwards' probable success through the primary a media circus. Edwards, a convicted felon, faces Felder and a list of others in the upcoming election for Rep. Bill Cassidy's seat in Washington. Cassidy is not running for re-election, instead challenging Sen. Mary Landrieu for her seat.

"Louisiana has made great strides in improving our image since Edwards left office in 1996, and people from outside our state have a greater degree of confidence that they can do business here without being shaken down by crooked politicians. However, that progress will be erased in the event that a convicted felon not only places his name on the ballot but also makes a runoff," Felder wrote.

"Edwards has become his party's de facto candidate, and with a divided Republican field it is likely that he will not only make a runoff but may end up leading the primary. This will lead to Louisiana once again being center ring of a national media circus," Felder said.

Edwards has said he is serious about his campaign. Edwards has not responded, yet, about Felder's request he leave politics. "Nothing is happening," Edwards said about Washington after announcing his run in March. "Everybody's disgruntled. Everybody's unhappy. Government is not serving them."
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