Austin to honor former Louisiana governor convicted of bribery

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards speaks Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Baton Rouge Press Club in Baton Rouge, La., announcing that he would join the race to represent the state’s Baton Rouge-based 6th District of the U.S. House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Travis Spradling)
Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards speaks Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Baton Rouge Press Club in Baton Rouge, La., announcing that he would join the race to represent the state’s Baton Rouge-based 6th District of the U.S. House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Travis Spradling)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — People in Austin will honor a former Louisiana governor who was later convicted on bribery charges.

Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s office issued the proclamation deeming Aug. 7 as ‘Edwin Edwards Day.’ But why?

Edwards spent more than eight years in federal prison in North Texas. But since getting out, the 86-year-old Democrat is now running for Congress in Louisiana.

Edwards and Leffingwell are personal friends, and Edwards will be in Austin on Thursday for his birthday celebration.

A spokesperson for Leffingwell says the mayor believes everyone deserves a second chance.

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