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Edwin Edwards Announces Run for Congress

Updated 7:15 p.m.

EWE is ready for the campaign trail once again. According to the AP, Louisiana's ex-con ex-gov officially announced his candidacy Monday for a Congressional seat that represents the Baton Rouge area. The 86-year-old is jumping into a crowded field for the 6th Congressional Dstirct seat, which is being vacated by current U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy as he runs for U.S. the Senate.


The Silver Zipper won his last campaign using the slogan, "Vote for the Crook, It's Important." He left the governor's mansion in 1996, then later served time in federal prison for nine years after being convicted on racketeering charges. Despite the conviction, Edwards has maintained that he did nothing wrong, and was sold out by former friends.


Edwards, a Democrat who was elected governor of Louisiana four times, made the announcement of his latest run at a Baton Rouge Press Club luncheon. He was joined by his 35-year-old wife Trina and his infant son Eli.


The official word only came today, but Edwards has been behaving like a politician running for office ever since his release from prison in 2011. Edwards intimated that he wanted to run for governor again, but was limited by a state restriction that prohibits convicted felons from seeking the office. Meanwhile, he married Trina, fathered a son and starred in a reality show. By the end of the day, it even appeared he had a Twitter account.


Though it's been a few years, Edwards has prior Congressional experience. He served as a US Rep in the 7th Congressional District from 1965-1972. He enters the race hoping, as always, that his popularity will trump any of his past transgressions or political trends.


Edwards is now the only Democrat in the race, with Cassie Felder, Paul Dietzel II, State Rep. Dan Claitor, Norman Clark, Charles Thomas, Craig McCulloch, former state coastal czar Garret Graves and Richard Dean Lieberman as his opponents.    


On Friday, Edwards told Bloomberg columnist Al Hunt, "I'm the only hope the Democrats have here."


The Louisiana Republican party immediately went on the attack:



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