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Landrieu skips endorsement of Edwards

Last Modified: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 3:08 PM

By The Associated Press

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Democratic Party may have endorsed former Gov. Edwin Edwards for Congress, but the state's highest elected Democratic official won't be doing the same.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu dodged talk Monday of backing the convicted felon for an open Baton Rouge-based congressional seat.

She said Edwards should get a good show of voter support, but declined to offer her own, saying: "He's running his campaign. I'm running mine."

Landrieu was asked about Edwards after endorsing Democratic U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond in the 2nd District. Edwards is one of 13 candidates on the ballot for the neighboring 6th District and the most prominent Democrat.

Earlier this month, the state Democratic Party announced its support for Edwards, who served four terms as governor and later jail time on a corruption conviction.

Posted By: Gerald Cuvillier On: 9/24/2014

Title: Mr.

Why would anyone support a convicted felon for political office? For once she is showing good sense. The same cannot be said for the state democratic party however.

Posted By: Steve On: 9/24/2014

Title: Approval

Good for her........should she be following the party line? Of course.......but I praise her for not backing this criminal.

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