The long standing joke about former Governor Edwin Edwards always was - and this was during his years in prison, mind you - that he could once again run for office and win, if only he were a free man. Well, the ex-chief exec has been a free man for a few years now and it seems that he's about to put that bromide to the test, by running for the United Stated House of Representatives.

Rumors are that Edwards plans to run for our state's 6th Congressional seat, currently occupied by Republican Bill Cassidy, who's vacating his office to run for the US Senate.

Edwards acknowledged he faces obstacles - he is 86 and spent eight years in a federal penitentiary after a conviction for racketeering. But the octogenarian says, "I'm the only hope the Democrats have here."

Edwards is also quick to point out that there are currently 11 members of Congress 80 years of age or older.

He is the longest-serving governor in the state's history, having been elected four times and many political analysts consider him to be the most popular Democrat in modern Louisiana history.

Edwards says his 40 years of political experience qualifies him for Congress. "They need people there who know how to get things done."