Posted: Jan 3, 2014 9:21 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Jan 3, 2014 9:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - A source close to former Louisiana governor and convicted felon Edwin Edwards tells WBRZ News 2 the 86-year-old is mulling a bid for the 6th Congressional House seat held by Bill Cassidy.
Instead of running for re-election, Cassidy is running against Mary Landrieu for the U.S. Senate. Apparently, Edwards has been approached to replace him, the source said.
"This is Louisiana. So anything goes with the politics," registered voter Logan Sloan said, "and obviously he's got popularity with the people."
Edwards was a four-term governor and served eight years for a felony conviction for racketeering. Last year, he had a brief reality t-v show with his wife, Trina.
"It's a publicity stunt," political analyst Bob Mann said.
Mann believes Edwards is trying to ride the wave of his show and stay in the public eye.
"He wants to be relevant and wants people to talk about him and one way you might do that is run for political office again," he said.
Some want the polarizing politician to stay retired.
"I wish him all the best getting on with his life but I think we have better choices for congress than that," Walker Johnson said.
"He did many good things for the state when he was governor. But I think it's just time for him to enjoy his life now," Margaret Bologna said.
But there are some who stand by the convicted felon despite his faults.
"I mean everybody deserves a second chance," Caleb Anderson said.
"I think he'll do good. I'll vote for him," Alonzo Mitchelle said. "I think half of Louisiana would."
A convicted felon cannot run for state office, but no law disqualifies Edwards from running for Congress.