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Former La. governors talk about time in office

2 years ago December 12, 2012 Dec 12, 2012 Wednesday, December 12 2012 Wednesday, December 12, 2012 5:10:14 PM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's four living former governors traded stories about their combined 30 years in the state's top leadership post, defended their performances and offered suggestions at a rare public gathering together.

Former Govs. Edwin Edwards, Buddy Roemer, Mike Foster and Kathleen Blanco spoke Wednesday to a packed house at the annual meeting of the nonpartisan Council for a Better Louisiana.

Edwards described the governor as the "central focus of power" in Louisiana. Foster and Blanco worried about the encroachment of partisanship into state politics. Roemer talked of a need for more legislative independence.

Each described tumultuous times in office, from financial meltdowns during Roemer's tenure to hurricanes Katrina and Rita for Blanco.

Asked what he missed, Foster said the helicopters. Edwards said he'd like to be governor again.

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