Brief: Former governor to run for Congress
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Three years after his release from a federal prison, 86-year-old former Louisiana governor, Edwin Edwards, announced that he will enter the race for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District.
At a Baton Rouge Press Club meeting, Edwards assured supporters that he is eligible for congressional office despite his criminal conviction in 2000.
"I'm positive I can run. I'm confident I can win," Edwards said.
After serving two terms as governor in the 1970s, Edwards was sentenced to eight years in prison for fraud. He regained the public eye soon after leaving prison in 2011 after he married his wife and starred with her in a short-lived reality TV series.
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