Honeycutt and Edwards draw large crowd

By Paula Guillory

ONLINE EDITOR

CROWLEY - Leo Honeycutt, author of the hot-selling authorized biography on former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, and Anna Edwards, daughter of the former governor, were in town Saturday for a book signing and a question and answer session about the autobiography and the former governor’s many accomplishments.

The large crowd that gathered for the event included those who can remember Edwards life and career in Crowley as well as a younger generation who may only remember the last years of Edwards political run.

Despite the point in history at which the crowd came to know Edwards from, his full of life, "laissez faire” outlook is almost infectious, even at 82-years-old.

The event kicked off at The Grand Opera House of the South with a presentation on the sensational life and political career of Edwards. The two began signing books at the Grand Opera House of the South where they patiently took several questions by those who are still drawn to the charismatic governor, who despite his well-publicized mistakes, is still very popular with many of Louisiana’s citizens.

“I understand that he got into some trouble,” said Marla Domingue, who had her signed book in hand. “But despite anything he ever did he never did anything to directly hurt the citizens of Louisiana.”

Honeycutt’s book has been selling at a torrid pace since it’s release. The book takes readers from Edwards early political days as a city councilman in Crowley through his days in the Governor’s Mansion. Edwards, whose appeal to the working class, gave him a popularity not known to Louisiana voters since the days of Huey P. Long who was also known for his flamboyant style and Cajun accent which also made him attractive to voters, especially in South Louisiana.

The book which sold out the first run of 10,000 copies three days after its release date has been deemed a huge success. According to Honeycutt, these soaring sales are solely attributed to “the enigma that is Edwards.”

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