Monday, 10 November 2014 16:37

Pinsonat: Edwin Edwards under-performed, is long-shot for US Congress

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edwards-trinaThe Louisiana 6th Congressional district campaign 2014 received signficant statewide and national attention once Edwin Edwards, former four-term Governor, Octagarian, newly-wed with a woman five decades his minor and recently-released federal felon jumped into the remarkably republican Congressional District.


As expected, despite the his uniqueness of personality and history, Edwards is in the runoff with a much-younger former Governor Bobby Jindal appointee, Garret Graves, who came in second among a strong field of mainly republican candidates. 

As part of Bayoubuzz's continuing series of "Bernie Burns", a Q and A with pollster and political analyst with Southern Media and Opinion Research, we asked Bernie Pinsonat the following question: 

BAYOUBUZZ: Does Governor Edwards have a shot given his low turnout for him and that fact he is running in a very conservative Congressional district?

PINSONAT: Most reputable surveys originally showed former Governor Edwin Edwards getting an impressive mid-thirties percentage of likely voters in the sixth congressional district.  Because of these relatively high numbers, Edwards got lots of local and national attention. Ultimately Edwards did not spend or have enough political contributions to compete in the primary. 

Tuesday night former Governor Edwards underperformed and certainly hurt his already-long shot outlook of winning on December 2nd. 

Edwin Edwards dominated Louisiana politics for three decades starting in the seventies. Absolute best political mind I have ever been around – he could have made a fortune running campaigns in Louisiana. Governor Edwards was certainly not a policy wonk – yet he understood us voters well enough to get elected governor a remarkable four times.

I, for one. was not upset with Governor Edwards when he announced his intentions to run for Congress. This is not the Louisiana Edwin Edwards dominated for three decades so I do not expect him to win. – However, I always pay attention to his unique style of answering questions using wit, common sense and candor. No one past or present comes close to Edwin Edwards’s personal charisma and ability to unite or excite Louisiana voters.  

Part I of Bernie Burns: Pinsonat: Sen. Landrieu, wanna win? First, fire top campaign staffers


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