Covering Louisiana

Mar 17, 2014 5:31 AM by Kevin McGill

Edwards to speak amid speculation of political run

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards has an appearance set in Baton Rouge amid speculation that he will run again for a political office - despite his age and his criminal record.

His Monday speech is set for noon before the Press Club of Baton Rouge.

The 86-year-old's federal felony conviction keeps him from running for state elected offices, but not from a congressional seat.

Edwards, a lifelong Democrat, served two terms as governor in the 1970s. He was re-elected in 1983 and made another comeback for a fourth term in 1991. A felony conviction arising from the licensing of riverboat casinos in his fourth term led to eight years in prison.

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