Edwin Edwards earns his freedom; tells Post-Signal he is amazed by supporters
By: Howell Dennis
Governor Edwin Edwards house arrest ended Wednesday and the four term former governor shows no signs of slowing down. With a possible reality show in the works, a Facebook page that filled the 5,000 maximum friends allowed in only eight days, numerous book signings, not to mention an upcoming wedding and birthday party extravaganza, it’s safe to say that the man once known for his wit and Cajun charm will once again be in the spotlight.
When contacted by the Post-Signal Wednesday, the former governor, who will be residing in Pelican Point, a golf subdivision outside of Gonzales, was obviously humbled, yet overjoyed, by his release.
“Frankly, I am amazed and very humbled and thankful for all the support and well wishes from so many people,” said Edwards. “I joined Facebook and in eight days had 5,000 friends (the maximum allowed) on my page and there are 3,000 waiting to get on.”
On the people urging him to run again Edward’s sounded as though he almost wished he could.
“I get so much encouragement about running that I am glad I am prohibited to because I would be tempted to do so,” he said “It is really unreal that so many want me back in office.”
When asked about Louisiana’s current financial crisis, the former governor seemed somewhat reluctant to make any suggestions - not yet anyway.
“I know how to work out the financial condition of the state but it is controversial and there is no need for me to get into any dialogue at this time,” he said. “If nothing is done soon we will be in a very dire situation and it will be very difficult to restore fiscal sanity to the state.”
“But the answer to our problems will not be solved on the way to the White House.”
Edwards also discussed the proposed reality show and emphasized that it will not be about the trial or his time spent in prison.
“I assure all that I will not allow the program, and it is just proposed at this time, to embarrass me or the people of our state,” he said.
Edwards plans to spend the rest of the year traveling the state conducting book signings.
“I will be in Crowley on September 17,” he said. “I will be there not only to sign books but to visit old friends.”
Edwards also is looking quite forward to this year’s International Rice Festival where he will be honored as grand marshal.
“I am very anxious to visit my hometown and am very pleased to be the grand marshal of the Rice Festival this year,” he said.
His final comments expressed thanks to be blessed for the good health he is in at his age.
“I will be 84 on August 7 and really in good health for my age,” he said. “I am very grateful for that and wish the same for everyone.”