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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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