Former Louisiana Gov. and convicted felon Edwin Edwards to run for Congress

By Kyle Johnson,

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, who is also a convicted felon, announced on Monday that he plans to run for Congress.

Edwards, who served eight years for racketeering, will run for Republican Billy Cassidy's seat, as Cassidy is aiming for the Senate, reports Reuters. "I've given a great deal of thought to this ... and I acknowledge that there are good reasons why I should not run ... but there are better reasons why I should."

The 86-year-old will make a run to represent the Baton Rouge district in Louisiana. He said that he is "positive" he can run as the Constitution does not disallow felons from running for Congress.

According to The New York Times, during his time as governor for four nonconsecutive terms starting in 1972, he was constantly hounded by federal prosecutors who were able to finally indict Edwards a couple years after he left office.

The Democrat confessed he would prefer to make another go of it as governor, but will have to wait until 15 years from the end of his prison sentence per state law to be eligible.

During the conference, Edwards talked about his stance and joked he did not vote for President Barack Obama. "Where I was at the time there were no voting machines," he quipped.

image: By US Government Printing Office [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons



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