Mar 17, 2014 7:51 PM by Akeam Ashford
Former Governor Edwin Edwards announced today, he's running for Congress.
The 86-year-old is known for his memorable, often shocking quotes.
Edwards spent nearly nine years behind bars on extortion, fraud and racketeering charges.
He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965 to 1972. If elected in November, Edwards would serve the 6th Congressional District located in south-central Louisiana.
Returning to the spotlight three years after being released from prison wasn't hard for the former governor, in fact, he did so in his usual way. "I haven't had this much attention since the trial," Edwards joked to the Baton Rouge Press Club crowd.
If elected, Edwards' district would include the state capital of Baton Rouge, continuing south to Houma. It also includes the western shores of Lake Pontchartrain.
On the issues, Edwards says he wouldn't have voted for the Affordable Care Act if he had been in congress at that time, but he says he wants to help fix it. He also supports the controversial Keystone Pipeline. While in Congress, Edwards says he will try to override Governor Bobby Jindal's refusal to expand Medicaid. "I can not go to bed at night knowing there are 300,000 or 400,000 people in this state who may need help who are not getting it, and it is available," Edwards added.
Edwards hopes to serve on the Public Works and Agriculture committees to address the oil & gas industry and infrastructure concerns in the state.
"When I'm in Congress you can call me. I might not be able to help you, but I'll take your call and talk to you just as I did the in 16 years I served this state as governor," said Edwards.
While answering final questions, Edwards says he hasn't thrown out the possibility of running for governor in the future. "Frankly, I'd like to run for governor, but there seems to be some question about whether I could or not. I don't want to get into that kind of controversy right now," Edwards added.
Although the law says Edwards can't run for a state office without a pardon from the president, he can run for a federal office.
Edwards says he meets all the qualifications to run, including being over the age of 25-years old, being a U.S. resident for more than seven years, and currently living in the state in which he's running.
The election is November 4th.
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