Taking a Louisiana Mud Bath

A grand jury indicts Governor Edwards for fraud

Louisiana politics are, well, different. When a Federal official declared at a national Governors conference a few years ago that "it's not part of my job to lie to people," Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards cracked: "It's a very big part of mine." During his race against then Governor David Treen in 1983, he joked that his opponent seemed worried that Edwards, if elected, might loot the Governor's mansion. Quipped Edwards: "If we don't get Treen out of office soon, there won't be any money left to steal." Louisianians hooted and elected Edwards with 62% of the vote.

Last week a federal...

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