Edwards says defeat his political swan song
BATON ROUGE - Former Louisiana governor, former federal prison inmate, and former reality TV star Edwin Edwards can add "former politician" to his list of titles, after a stinging defeat in Saturday's runoff election.
Edwards said Saturday that he didn't intend to seek public office again, after losing the 6th District race nearly 2-to-1 to Republican Garrett Graves.
His improbable pursuit of a congessional seat in one of the most conservative districts in deeply-red Louisiana proved to be too much even for the wry, charismatic Democrat. Edwards admitted Saturday that he knew nobody believed deep down that he would win, outside his immediate family. When asked if he could go back and do anything differently, Edwards said "I wouldn't have run."
The race itself drew national attention as an oddity more than a serious opportunity for a Democrat to succeed against the tide of Republican midterm support. Edwards was still a felon due to his racketeering conviction from his time as governor, and briefly strutted across the reality TV stage with his young bride and their newborn child. But the interest he drew never materialized into votes.
But don't expect him to shy away from the public eye. Edwards said he would still make his voice heard on issues important to him, even though he didn't plan to seek public office again.
As he left the campaign podium, likely for the last time, he said to keep and eye for him in south Louisiana.
"If you see me on the street, smile, because I will," he said.