November 5, 1991 |
Louisiana gubernatorial candidate David Duke's efforts to distance himself from his racist past included a radio pitch to Latinos on Monday. His opponent gained another prominent backer who predicted statewide economic repercussions if Duke wins. "We cannot afford to elect a Ku Kluxer," said retired Sen. Russell B. Long, appearing with former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards, who faces Duke in a runoff on Nov. 16.
October 24, 1991 |
In the first debate of the gubernatorial runoff campaign, former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards said Louisiana voters may have to "hold their nose" to vote for him, but they will. Edwards and his runoff opponent, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, sparred during an appearance on a New Orleans television station. Edwards, a Democrat, said voters would choose him despite his 1986 acquittal on racketeering charges and accusations that he is a gambler and a womanizer.
October 31, 1991 |
Hundreds of retirees cheered gubernatorial candidate David Duke on Wednesday when he attacked welfare as a subsidy for criminals. His opponent, former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards, was shouted down when he defended welfare "for the unfortunate." Duke's reception was evidence that the Republican is overcoming the stigma of his past ties to the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis. The crowd was unusually hostile to Edwards, a Democrat once regarded as the state's most popular politician since Huey Long.
April 15, 1994 |
Gov. Edwin W. Edwards won $308,000 at the gaming tables last year, according to his 1993 federal income tax return released Thursday. The governor's salary is set by law at $73,440, although Edwards drew only $64,995 of that last year, the return showed. An ardent supporter of legalized gambling in Louisiana as the answer to the state's fiscal woes, Edwards periodically holds high-stakes poker games at the governor's mansion and plays at Las Vegas casinos.
November 4, 1991 |
President Bush should urge Louisiana voters to support former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards against one-time Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, Senate Democratic leader George J. Mitchell of Maine said Sunday. But White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu said that Bush has made his opposition to Duke clear and that endorsing Edwards might strike Louisiana voters as undue outside interference. "I've made my position clear on this. I want to do what's going to help see that Mr.
January 12, 2000 |
Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards was taken from his federal corruption trial in Baton Rouge, La., to a hospital for tests, the second day of jury selection. Edwards, 72, who has the flu, was leaning on his wife, Candy, and his co-defendant, Andrew Martin, as he left the courthouse. He said he felt nauseated. He was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, and Mary Jane Marcantel, a member of the defense team, said doctors were running tests.
November 7, 1991 |
Republican Gov. Pete Wilson joined President Bush on Wednesday in saying he would vote for Democrat Edwin W. Edwards over former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, the GOP entry in the Louisiana gubernatorial race. Wilson told The Times that if he lived in Louisiana, he would vote for Edwards in the Nov. 16 election while "holding my nose." Asked what the Republican Party should do about Duke, Wilson replied: "I would say disown him, except we've never owned him--and don't want to. . . .
October 25, 1986 |
A prosecutor announced Friday that he will not pursue indictments against Gov. Edwin W. Edwards in connection with a pardon bribery scandal. Dist. Atty. Bryan Bush asked Edwards to testify before a grand jury last week about a warning he had sent to Pardon Board Chairman Howard Marsellus during a state police investigation of the board. Bush issued a statement Friday saying no indictments will be considered against Edwards. He noted that such a statement was unusual.
November 12, 1991 |
With former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke making a strong run for governor, get-out-the-vote efforts in Louisiana's black communities are the strongest since the early days of the civil rights movement. "History is going to be made," said the Rev. Zebadee Bridges, president of the political arm of the Interdenominational Assn. of Black Ministers of New Orleans. "We are going to get the vote out as never before."