Ex-Gov. Edwin Edwards Coy About Running for Congress

Thursday, 02 Jan 2014 09:42 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, jailed for eight years on federal corruption charges, tried on Thursday to tamp down speculation about his reported plans to run for Congress.

"I don't have any comment at this time," the 86-year-old Democrat told The Times-Picayune. The former two-term congressman and four-term governor said he'd gotten "a lot of encouragement" from supporters.

The outspoken ex-governor and former reality TV star is thinking about a run for the 6th District Congressional race in November, the conservative website The Hayride reported Wednesday. The report added that Edwards' daughter Anna was encouraging the talk.

But Edwards told The Times-Picayune it would be "a while" before there would be any decision on a run.

Edwards seemed to toy with the idea in an Oct. 25 interview with WRKF in Baton Rouge, Politico noted.

"Lately, for some strange reason, I’m beginning to think it might be a nice thing to do," he said. "But I’m not going to make the decision based upon that. I’m going to make the decision based on whether I think I can win and whether there’s a need for me, because I don’t want to end what I consider to be a successful political career on a sad note."

Edwards was released from federal prison in January 2011 after serving eight of his 10-years sentence for bribery, racketeering and extortion. Shortly after, he married Trina Scott, 50 years his junior. The couple went onto star in their own reality TV show "The Governor's Wife," which was canceled two months ago, the newspaper said.

Six other candidates are in the running for the 6th District seat that will be open after Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy steps down to challenge Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu for her seat next year. Republican candidates include state Sen. Dan Claitor and businessman Paul Dietzel.

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