Out of Jail, Former Louisiana Gov. Announces House Run

He spent sixteen years as Louisiana’s governor and nearly nine years behind bars for racketeering. Now, he’s running for Congress.

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, 86, made his long-anticipated run for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District official on Monday, The Times Picayune reports.

"I acknowledge there are good reasons I should not run. But there are better reasons why I should," he said, according to the paper.

Edwards, a Democrat, made the announcement at the Press Club of Baton Rouge.

He was released from prison in 2011.