Austin to honor former Louisiana governor convicted of bribery

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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