Lafayette man frustrated over public fascination with Edwards


POSTED: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 5:02pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 8:17am

LAFAYETTE, La (NBC33) -- The release of former governor Edwin Edwards is seen as a good thing by those that know him, but one Lafayette man is fuming over all the hype surrounding the 83-year-old's future.

"How do you have morals when your leader is the most immoral man in the state?" asks Dale Hazelwood. The Lafayette Republican watched Edwin Edwards take office in 1972 and stay there for years, but the former governor has never been a popular choice for the Louisiana native.

"He never had my vote," says Hazelwood. Hazelwood says he wasn't surprised when the governor was sentenced to ten years in prison on racketeering charges. "He wasted ten years of his life, but he wasted a lot of money for the state. He deserved it and probably more than that."

Now that the popular governor is out of jail, Hazelwood think's he's been given a public pardon. "I look at what people do, not what they say," says Hazelwood. "What Edwin Edwards has done, I wouldn't want my people to associate with that."

Hazelwood is particularly frustrated with the invitation that was extended to Edwards for the Crowley Rice Festival. He was asked to be the grand marshal of the parade. "That, to me, is like let's go pick anybody who got released from jail today and then say, I'm innocent. Then, they go make him a hero."

Hazelwood says he's not about giving the former governor a second chance. He just wants Edwards to apologize for his actions.

"He needs to say I'm sorry. I did wrong. And then maybe I'd say, okay go live your life and we'll give you the recognition a governor deserves. Until he does that, to me, he's just another common felon.

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W hat a disgrace for Crowley.Honoring a dishonorable man.Maybe they should let parish prisoners out to march in parade behind him.After all they say that they are innocent too.

I am a conservative republican and i can tell you i'd vote for Edwards over Jindal ANY FREAKIN' DAY! At least you know where you stand with Edwards...Jindal is a punk!

Who in the blue hell is Dale Hazelwood? Who gives a hoot what Dale Hazelwood thinks?

A whole lot of Cajun's stand with Dale. It woke them up! They won't go back to sleep-ever!

Hazelwood needs to get a life!

I'm a Republican who thinks the former Governor was railroaded.

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