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Edwin Edwards' new employer talks about job

4 years ago January 14, 2011 Jan 14, 2011 Friday, January 14 2011 Friday, January 14, 2011 9:45:40 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

News 2 was the first to report Edwin Edwards post-prison job with state Democratic Party Chairman Buddy Leach.  On Friday, Leach detailed the reason for the hire and the requirements of the job.

Leach says Edwards has only been hired as a consultant to talk to him about the oil and gas business and alternative energy.  But it's up to the former governor if he wants to talk politics with anyone else.

Leach said, "I think that if I ask, he will more than likely have some ideas that will help in administration of the state."

But Leach says he hired Edwards for his fuel expertise.  Edwards changed the way the state benefited from oil royalties for the better.  And political analyst Roy Fletcher says there's not better place for Edwards to be than offering his advice on fuel.

Fletcher said, "I'm sure that he's gonna have some different, innovative and interesting ideas and I'm sure that he's not going to back off one minute to say what's on his mind and articulate those ideas."

The job is only for the six-month requirement of Edwards' home-confinement and he starts Tuesday.

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