Former Louisiana Gov. Edwards, a convicted felon, to run for Congress

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leothechef wrote:

86? just what we need some old dude that is out of touch with life.But will fit in with all the other criminals in congress

Mar 17, 2014 2:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sabrefencer wrote:

next, they will bring out the cronies of marcello, run them for president..

Mar 17, 2014 2:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Good to see that a criminal will soon be rejoining his criminal friends in congress. Heartwarming.

Mar 17, 2014 2:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
leothechef wrote:

he is a felon how can he run for a seat in congress when he cant even vote?

Mar 17, 2014 2:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Amskeptic wrote:

The narcissism of politicians knows no bounds of decency . . . yet we voters keep re-electing people who should remain in the ignobility of their disgrace.

Mar 17, 2014 2:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

aipac will have an easy time buying him. they should have a for sale sign on their back. all of congress should be tried for treason.

Mar 17, 2014 3:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
wongvaldez wrote:

HE should fit right in,old and corrupt

Mar 17, 2014 3:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gcf1965 wrote:

This sounds like a perfect candidate to run on the democrat ticket. He has all the qualifications.

Mar 17, 2014 3:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
julri wrote:

No news here, congress is already full of narcissistic individuals,at least this one was caught and did time. For those of you partisan hacks think this is just done by democrats, get your head out of the sand. They are all thieves and scum.

Mar 17, 2014 3:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
willich6 wrote:

Doesn’t a felony conviction for fraud and racketeering prevent you from holding public office? If it doesn’t; then it should… Talk about the Dems trotting out ‘the dead’…

Mar 17, 2014 3:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mylena wrote:

They people to choose freely thier candidates. If they are wrong because they are young, it does not matter. Old candidates did not brought lately shinny things to US. So, lest the youngs get experience about it!!!!

Mar 17, 2014 3:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

So an 86 year old politician who’s married to a 30-something year old woman and just got out of prison for racketeering, decides to make a run for US Congress? In other words, “I just got out of prison and have no prospects – I need to make an easy mil before my trophy wife runs out on me.”

Hey, at least he picked the right career to do it.

For anyone considering donating to him: a fool and his money are soon parted.

Mar 17, 2014 3:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SunnyDaySam wrote:

Wow! If you get a DUI, Canada won’t even let you cross their border, but get a stretch for Racketeering and you can run for office in the USA? somebody please tell me this is, ‘The Onion’ oh, and for you posters making a deal about him being a Democrat, … better check your stats before going there.

Mar 17, 2014 4:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Yeah, good luck, you crook. You’re going to need it. Though his campaign slogan could be:

“They’re all crooks anyway, so send me to Washington to join ‘em!”

Mar 17, 2014 4:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kahnie wrote:

Another criminal governor of Louisiana back in Politics. Going to follow in the footsteps of Louisiana’s iconic governor, Huey “Kingfish” Long. Louisiana and Illinois (both ends of a great railroad line made famous in part by Johnny Cash) have quite a reputation for corrupt governors. And then they go on to Congress where birds of a feather congregate together.

Mar 17, 2014 4:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kahnie wrote:

Another criminal governor of Louisiana back in Politics. Going to follow in the footsteps of Louisiana’s iconic governor, Huey “Kingfish” Long. Louisiana and Illinois (both ends of a great railroad line made famous in part by Johnny Cash) have quite a reputation for corrupt governors. And then they go on to Congress where birds of a feather congregate together.

Mar 17, 2014 4:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kahnie wrote:

The perfect marriage of corrupt governors who have served time in prison is to run two of them for President and Vice-President (or President of Vice)–one from Louisiana and one from Illinois. That way you could have the North and the South united on something. Say, how about putting some of the boys from New Jersey? Since few have served in prison, they can be in the Cabinet.

Mar 17, 2014 4:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kahnie wrote:

If you are really thinking this through, you can bring back the perverts from both parties who have served in Congress (House AND Senate) and make it non-partisan since we find them in both parties. THEY can be ambassadors and the heads of commissions.

Mar 17, 2014 4:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:

@GCF1965, I must agree with you. He appears to be well qualified for the role as a Democrat Congressman. He meets the minimum age requirement, has the experience being a four term Gov. of the state, did his time for past sins and is now able and ready for duty. One thing is for sure, they don’t have to wonder what they are getting with him. Must admit, he is a spry looking 86 year old and I would not be at all surprised to see him make a showing in the race. I will be surprised if he wins though.

Mar 17, 2014 4:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

“Edwards, a Democrat and four-term Louisiana governor, launched his candidacy for a seat currently held by Republican Bill Cassidy, who is running for the U.S. Senate.”

Thank you Reuters for listing the party affiliation within the first 2 paragraphs.

Mar 17, 2014 4:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

@SunnyDaySam

“Wow! If you get a DUI, Canada won’t even let you cross their border, but get a stretch for Racketeering and you can run for office in the USA? somebody please tell me this is, ‘The Onion’ oh, and for you posters making a deal about him being a Democrat, … better check your stats before going there.”

I would be interested to see the stats if you have a source that has a running tally. But I agree with your point, both parties are corrupt. Politicians in general are highly succeptable to bribes and abuses of power.

Mar 17, 2014 4:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pbgd wrote:

Are convicted felons really allowed to run for Congress? Or only unconvicted ones?

Mar 17, 2014 5:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
rebelusa2000 wrote:

Con-gress…CON, get it yet?

Mar 17, 2014 7:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Conwatcher wrote:

He should feel right at home if he wins. Only difference is he’s served time and most of those on the hill haven’t been caught yet.

Mar 17, 2014 8:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

@TheNewWorld- He did serve his time, didn’t he? Of course he can run for office, but that doesn’t mean he’ll have a snowball’s in hell of winning. (Although he might have a snowball’s chance of winning in Louisiana!)

Though I have to admit that, in a country where most convicted felons–who have also served their time– cannot legally vote or own a firearm, I find it indeed odd that a person convicted of racketeering can run for office.

Mar 18, 2014 2:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Foolio wrote:

In the Democratic party, anybody or anything can be elected.

Mar 18, 2014 7:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CVBeethoven wrote:

Louisiana is used to electing criminals. If they’re happy to elect a whore-monger, (who by the way was criticizing his political foes for peccadilloes of the sexual nature while whore-mongering) as their Senator, why not a racketeer?

Mar 23, 2014 10:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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