LOUISIANA: Earl's Whirl

"If they ever tell you o' Earl Long is dead," cracked a Louisiana politico, "you just ask them to call a Governors' race. If Earl don't git up an' run, he's dead sure enough."

Louisiana has called a Governors' race and set Dec. 5 as primary day. And sure enough, Louisiana's third-time (1939-40, 1948-52, 1956-60) Governor Earl Long, 63, has put himself squarely in the running—even though, according to law, he appears to be politically paralyzed.

The state constitution bars him from succeeding himself in the big white Governor's mansion built by brother Huey,...

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