Shameless: Edwin Edwards and his farcical campaign for Congress

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Former Gov. Edwin Edwards at Monday's Baton Rouge Press Club (Photo by Robert Mann) Former Gov. Edwin Edwards at Monday’s Baton Rouge Press Club (Photo by Robert Mann)

By Robert Mann

As I left Monday’s Baton Rouge Press Club luncheon, during which former Gov. Edwin Edwards declared his candidacy for Congress from Louisiana’s 6th congressional district, I could muster only this thought: Governor, have you no shame?

“I haven’t had this much attention since the trial,” the 86-year-old former four-term governor joked from the podium as he began his remarks.

And so began the first congressional campaign announcement in my memory that began with a reference to the candidate’s federal corruption trial. 

Bathed in the TV lights and facing more than a dozen cameras, it was clearly a heady day for the ex-governor, ex-con. He clearly enjoyed every moment back under the klieg lights, including the grand entrance, as he and his wife, Trina, pushed through a phalanx of photographers, the former governor…

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In Defense Of Louisiana’s Magic


Maybe it was when, in the fifth grade, I visited the Evangeline Oak in St. Martinville. Or maybe it was before that, when my parents took us to Natchitoches, and we stood on a balcony overlooking Cane River and watched the moment a switch was flipped and the entire town became awash in elaborate Christmas lights. Or perhaps it happened during the weekends I spent as a kid on the grounds of an old plantation outside of Cheneyville. Or sometime during the trips my mother and I would make down to the Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, how the whole place seemed musical to me; even the street signs read like song lyrics. It also could have happened in the seventh grade, when my classmates and I drove down to Cocodrie and spent a weekend exploring the surreal landscape of the marshland. Or the countless times we stopped into a…

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