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Source: Edwin Edwards to announce run for Congress Monday


NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - After serving nearly a decade in prison, former Gov. Edwin Edwards wants to try his hand in politics again, according to our partners at | The Times Picayune.

"Basically he's trying to reclaim the popularity that he had in the past," said Political Analyst Silas Lee.

Say "Edwin Edwards" - and all sorts of images come to mind.

There's Edwards as the congressman in the 60s, Edwards as the four-term governor, Edwards as the federal inmate, and even Edwards as the short-lived reality TV star.

Starting Monday, sources say we'll see Edwards as the congressional candidate.

"I have no idea what he's going to say on Monday, but I'm willing to bet it's going to be a line we'll be talking about for the next 20 years," said Tulane Political Analyst Mike Sherman.

Political analysts say the charismatic Edwards could face his toughest audience yet.

He'd be running for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District seat, which is being vacated by Bill Cassidy who plans to challenge Sen. Mary Landrieu.

The district runs through Baton Rouge, Ascension Parish and down to Houma.

"It's a tall order for any Democrat to try to win Louisiana's 6th Congressional District. If there's anyone that can do it, it's certainly Edwin Edwards," said Sherman.

For better or for worse, Edwards certainly already has name recognition.

However, Lee said concerns about Edwards' past may rival concerns about Edwards' future as a congressman at age 86.

"This is a job where you have to build seniority to get influence. You don't get it as a freshman congressman. You only get it after being elected probably two, three, or four times," said Lee.

Lee said constituents, especially in District 6, want to see results.

"The people who happened to be enamored with him before, that electorate is not here as much. They are probably not alive to some degree," said Lee.

Sherman said Edwards may draw more of a Democratic voter turnout, and the influx of Democrats would then influence Sen. Landrieu's chances at another term, as well.

It would even more national attention for the pivotal and likely charismatic races.

"In 1983, Gov. Edwards famously stated on the campaign trail he was going to win unless he was caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy. He was right. The question this election cycle, do voters care that he spent nearly a decade in jail on racketeering charges?" said Sherman.

If Edwards wins, he could turn out to be the oldest member of Congress. John Dingell of Michigan is 87, and he announced his upcoming retirement. Ralph Hall of Texas is 90, but reports say he is currently in a runoff election for what he said would be his final term.

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