Pundits, opponents sound off on Edwards
BATON ROUGE - Edwin Edwards joins a crowded race for Louisiana's 6th Congressional district, some of his opponents and political pundits have a lot to say about his candidacy.
"I don't think this is a day to celebrate for Democrats or Republicans," said LSU professor and political analyst Bob Mann. "This doesn't make us look good. It embarrasses the state."
Mann thinks Edwards running for Congress is more of a show then serious political ambition.
"It's really a sideshow. A circus," Mann said. "It's not a serious candidacy for public office. He has no chance whatsoever of winning this race."
The 6th district is heavily Republican, carved out by Republicans during the last reapportionment. Edwards is a Democrat and that alone could lessen his chances of winning election.
"Something the national press will find amusing," Mann said. "(It) will embarrass this state and we'll regret it in the end because it makes us look like people with a high tolerance for corruption."
Edwards is also a convicted felon, serving nearly a decade in federal prison on corruption charges during his last term as governor. State Senator Dan Claitor is running against Edwards, and questions the motives of the former governor.
"I find that if he truly loved Louisiana, he wouldn't make it as a spectacle or joke of national politics," Claitor said. "That he would stand back and not run."
If he wins the election, Edwards will be 87 years old when sworn into office.