Updated at 4:30 p.m.
This week, Rep. Vance McAllister (R) joined the most welcoming society in Louisiana politics. After getting caught kissing a staffer, he is now one of many politicians in the state to have a scandal appended to his Wikipedia page, another data point in the argument that there must be something in the water there that makes politicians a magnet for bad behavior.
Louisiana is known for its colorful political characters. From Huey Long to Edwin Edwards, the state has produced more than its fair share of political rogues. From corruption to sex scandals, the state’s politicians seem to be unable to stay out of the headlines for the wrong reasons.
This fall, Mary Landrieu, who has served three terms as a US Senator, is up for election again. Recently, another experienced Democrat, four-term ex-Governor Edwin Edwards, announced that he’s running for Congress. Landrieu has faced a storm of criticism, particularly from Republicans, for her endorsement of Obamacare. Also, Landrieu has just assumed the powerful position of Chairperson of the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee, an important assignment for an energy-producing state such as Louisiana. This new assignment and the importance of seniority in office were the discussion topics in this section.
This fall, Louisiana voters will be looking at two elections, one for U.S. Senate and the other for Congressman for the 6th congressional District. Obviously, only those registered voters can decide the latter.
Obamacare and specifically the Medicaid expansion have been debated in the Louisiana legislature and throughout the political state capitols over the past few years. In a recent panel discussion at Loyola University, both former Democratic Louisiana governors, Edwin Edwards and Kathleen expressed their opinions that Louisiana should expand Medicaid in Louisiana, a policy the Louisiana GOP and governor Jindal has strongly opposed.
One of the major controversies this Louisiana legislative session is what to do about common core in K to 12.
Governors Buddy Roemer, Edwin Edwards and Kathleen Blanco are supportive of common core. They expressed their positions on the subject last week during a panel discussion at Loyola University.
With former Governor Edwin Edwards back in the political saddle, there has been much discussion whether Edwards would hurt or help the other well-known democrat, US Senator Mary Landrieu, in her bid for re-election.
As the Louisiana US Senate race and then statewide elections take shape over the next two years, one of the lead questions being discussed is whether democrats can win statewide. Part of the answer to that question might be how Louisiana voters feel about Obamacare on election day. For Governor Edwin Edwards, whose race for 6th Congressional District representative, both of those issues are paramount as he tries his hand at politics at age 86 after years of being in retirement--forced retirement, at that due to his stint in the federal prison.
Ever since former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards indicated that he might run for US Congress, the political buzz has been--why? Surely, the 86-year-old man who had spent sixteen years as chief executive of the state (some of it defending himself in federal court), who had spent roughly a decade under federal sentencing, who has the reputation as a rogue, a womanizer, who is newly remarried to a woman more than fifty years younger and who now has a new seven-month old baby--would have other things to do than to be embroiled in another political fight and to take on the troubles of the world?
EWE: Redemption or ridiculous?
Regardless of how one feels about former Congressman and four-time Gov. Edwin Edwards, it must be admitted that there is still magic in that name.
While a few praised and many decried his entry into the 6th Congressional District race at age 86, the first poll with Edwards included has produced some startling results, which makes the race very interesting.