Edwin Edwards running for Congressional seat

Mar 24, 2014 9:02 PM

He may have spent nearly 10 years in prison following a corruption conviction but that isn’t stopping 86-year-old Edwin Edwards from throwing his hat in the ring for a Congressional seat.

The former Louisiana governor, a popular visitor to Las Vegas casinos during his political heyday, said he doesn’t think his conviction of manipulating a casino license for Ed DeBartolo, who at the time owned the San Francisco 49ers, would prevent him from seeking public office.

“I’m positive I can run. I’m confident I can win,” Edwards was quoted as saying.

A Republican opponent, Craig McCullock, said the Democrat’s terms as governor were “a stain on our state’s history.”

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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