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Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards and his wife Trina Scott attend a luncheon where Edwards announced his run for congress in Baton Rouge, Louisiana March 17, 2014. Edwards, the 86-year-old former governor of Louisiana who served an eight-year prison term on racketeering charges, announced on Monday that he will seek election to the U.S. Congress from Louisiana's 6th Congressional District. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3HGVJ
Edwin Edwards (D) announces his bid for Congress, with his wife, Trina Scott, at his side
After playing games for months, former governor, ex-con, and D-list reality TV show star Edwin Edwards has decided to run for Congress—at the age of 86:
"I acknowledge there are good reasons I should not run. But there are better reasons why I should," Edwards said.

The 86-year-old Silver Fox, known for his memorable, often shocking quotes and the nearly nine years spent behind bars on extortion, fraud and racketeering charges, made the announcement at a meeting of the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday (March 17).

Among the many "good reasons" Edwards would have for not running is the fact that Louisiana's 6th Congressional District—open because GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy is running for Senate—is almost implacably Republican. State lawmakers redrew the lines a few years ago to make the seat much redder, and it obliged by going 66-32 for Mitt Romney. Edwards, a Democrat, is almost the definition of a larger-than-life figure, but even though he always retained a strong measure of popularity in spite of (or perhaps a little bit because of) his law-breaking ways, he'll be hard-pressed to overcome this district's demographics.

Still, Republicans haven't exactly assembled a very impressive field to replace Cassidy, and there are few political figures as unpredictable as Edwards. For now, though, we're maintaining our rating of Safe Republican for this race, but at the very least, Edwards is always entertaining. This contest probably will be, too.


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Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM PDT.

Also republished by Louisiana Kossacks and Daily Kos.

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