86-year-old Edwin Edwards may still return to politics - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

86-year-old Edwin Edwards may still return to politics

Edwin Edwards. (Source: L'Auberge Casino Resort) Edwin Edwards. (Source: L'Auberge Casino Resort)

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards may still run for one of Louisiana's congressional seats in 2014.

Edwards, 86, is neither confirming nor denying rumors of his 2014 political campaign for the 6th congressional district, according to an interview with the Times-Picayune. The political blog Hayride and politico.com report that he is "thinking about running for the seat."

Edwards was governor of Louisiana for 16 years. He also spent seven years in the House of Representatives. In 2001, he was found guilty of racketeering charges and spent eight years in prison.

As a convicted felon, Edwards cannot run for a state office without a pardon. There is no such limitation for him to run for federal office.

If Edwards enters the race, he will be running against Republicans Dan Claitor, a state senator, and Paul Dietzel, a businessman. Rep. Bill Cassidy is vacating the seat to run for Senate.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers and thunderstorms to finish out the weekend

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers and thunderstorms to finish out the weekend

    Saturday, June 24 2017 5:46 PM EDT2017-06-24 21:46:11 GMT
    Scattered Showers and Thunderstorms SundayScattered Showers and Thunderstorms Sunday

    Overnight, there is a slight chance we could have a few showers and thunderstorms. They will be quick-moving storms and not last too long. Temperatures will cool to the lower 70s. Winds will blow out of the northeast at 5-10 mph. For our Sunday, we will have more scattered thunderstorms, particularly in the afternoon. Rain chances are up to 60%. The rain will be caused by a cold front to our north, slowly approaching. 

    More >>

    Overnight, there is a slight chance we could have a few showers and thunderstorms. They will be quick-moving storms and not last too long. Temperatures will cool to the lower 70s. Winds will blow out of the northeast at 5-10 mph. For our Sunday, we will have more scattered thunderstorms, particularly in the afternoon. Rain chances are up to 60%. The rain will be caused by a cold front to our north, slowly approaching. 

    More >>
  • Celebrate July 4 at Red, White, Blue and You

    Celebrate July 4 at Red, White, Blue and You

    Saturday, June 24 2017 1:39 PM EDT2017-06-24 17:39:55 GMT
    Fireworks over Lake Charles (Source: KPLC viewer)Fireworks over Lake Charles (Source: KPLC viewer)

    The City of Lake Charles has a full slate of Independence Day events planned for Tuesday, July 4, as part of the annual Red, White, Blue and You celebration.

    More >>

    The City of Lake Charles has a full slate of Independence Day events planned for Tuesday, July 4, as part of the annual Red, White, Blue and You celebration.

    More >>
  • Most Southwest Louisiana parishes see drop in graduation rates

    Most Southwest Louisiana parishes see drop in graduation rates

    Saturday, June 24 2017 10:07 AM EDT2017-06-24 14:07:23 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    The Louisiana Department of Education recently released district and school graduation outcomes for the class of 2016.

    More >>

    The Louisiana Department of Education recently released district and school graduation outcomes for the class of 2016.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly