Edwin Edwards faces scrutiny over qualifying
POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 6:52pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:59pm
Baton Rouge, LA (NBC33) — "I wish him well but I couldn't possibly vote for him because he is a convicted felon so that just rules him out in my mind," said a Baton Rouge resident, on his lunch break downtown.
That is how some people feel about Edwin Edwards running for congress. His troubled past, which includes fraud and money laundering is also a big concern to one of his competitors.
"Our state has worked very hard to put the reputation behind us that we are a place where backdoor business deals happen and things that may not always be lawful are happening with our public officials, we've gotten away from that," said Cassie Felder, another candidate running for congress in November.
However, while Edwards does acknowledge his past. He says the decision for him to represent Louisiana again isn't up to Felder.
"I wish her well, except in this campaign. I'll let the people of the 6th congressional district make that decision," said Edwards.
Furthermore, Edwards says the results he got while in office speak for themselves.
"While I was Governor, the budget was in balance. I left a surplus, civil servers got pay raises regularly and so did school teachers. We took care of the people of this state," he said.
It's results like that they may get voters to ignore Edwards past troubles.
"I'm actually willing to look past it because I am looking at the political candidates as far as what are there solutions that they suggest to current problems," Jerry Collins, a Baton Rouge resident.
Yet still, Felder believes at the end of the day, Edwards will cast a negative image of Louisiana.
"I would like to get away from that type of image. I would like for people to talk about Louisiana and talk about what a great business environment we have and not laugh at the fact that we may vote a felon who can't even vote for himself," Fielder said.