It is no longer comical, Edwards

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The last time Edwin Edwards ran for election, he defeated the neo-Nazi David Duke.

Haha, national and international news media said when Louisiana’s ’91 runoff for the top executive position came down to a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and a former governor widely considered then to be corrupt. So, yes, it was a blessing the purported Crook won then.

Ten years later speculation to his criminality was put to bed by a Baton Rouge jury, who convicted Edwards of extorting money from the same gaming companies he opened Louisiana’s borders to. Tax proceeds to education! Licensing payoffs to my pocket!

Now, three years after serving eight years of a 10-year sentence, the 86-year-old felon has decided to run for Congress. The Crook wants us to send him back to Washington.

It’s not funny. It’s not necessary. Go away.

There are forums to make a mockery of Louisiana without sitting in a position of power. Try reality television, for instance.

Sure, the 6th District is light on Democratic candidates, and diversity of ideas is good for an election. But when a primary reason for running for federal office appears to be that your criminal record prevents you from seeking state office, perhaps your mind is in the wrong place.

Would Edwards the Democrat do right by impoverished minorities? Well, he said Monday he would support the expansion of Medicaid pursuant to Obamacare. He also said he wouldn’t have voted for the health-insurance overhaul, however, had he been in the U.S. House instead of the Big House in 2010.

Thank you very much, but he’ll pass on the Koch-concocted maelstrom and let it instead stew atop Sen. Mary Landrieu, a rival Democrat whom he said he considered challenging.

But who can know for sure where Edwards stood on the Affordable Care Act? A prisoner’s vote holds no value on the congressional market. Actually, Edwards lost the right to tell us how he’d vote on issues of the supreme importance after he was caught using a government post to enrich himself.

There’s no doubt Edwards’ reputably sharp wit and endearing charisma remains. “I haven’t had this much attention since the trial,” he was quoted by Gambit as saying amid his announcement at a Baton Rouge Press Club luncheon. He joked about not voting for President Obama because “where I was, there were no voting machines.”

Edwards is a teddy bear. Pull his string to hear a punch line. Squeeze him, and he giggles. Give him money, and receive a contract, history shows.

No thanks, Edwards.