Does Edwin Edwards Have A Shot? + LOGA To Appeal State Ruling – Wingin’ It Wednesday
This week on "Wingin' It Wednesday", panelist Mike Stagg, Warren Caudle, and Carol Ross joined "Nathan and Bernie in the Morning" to discuss former Governor Edwin Edwards' bid for congress as well as LOGA's lawsuit.
Here's what the panel had to say:
1. Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards is running for Congress. The 86-year-old ex-felon announced Monday that he will be a candidate for the 6th District congressional seat. Edwards served almost nine years in a federal prison in connection with a bribery and extortion scheme involving the awarding of riverboat gambling licenses. Your thoughts?
Mike Stagg started us off:
Governor Jindal has done a great deal to rehabilitate Edwards’ reputation through his callous policies and his relentless pursuit of national election.
Governor Edwards is a very popular guy. He has something the governor does have which is a reservoir of goodwill among voters. He’s got a shot to make the runoff which will turn some heads and make some republicans angry.
Carol Ross added:
Once you’re in power it’s hard to give it up, even though he spent years in jail, and you can never discount the publicity hungry antics of his wife.
Governor Edwards will drive the vote. How this shakes out? I don’t know, but it will only help Marry Landrieu.
Warren Caudle Concluded:
I think the big thing is that it’s going to be a distraction. I think the Republican Party would be well advised to just ignore the fact that Edwin Edwards is on the ballet. It’s going to energize people that normally wouldn’t go to the polls.
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2. The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association will appeal the ruling of a state judge who said the Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East could hire its own private attorneys to prosecute lawsuits against the oil and gas industry in Louisiana. Your thoughts on the lawsuit?
The whole thing is just a desperate attempt buy LOGA to try to kill the Southeast Louisiana Flood Control Authority lawsuit, because there’s no disputing the facts.
Oil and gas exploration and pipeline construction has damaged Louisiana coast and wetlands and the oil and gas companies need to pay for it.
Over the years the oil and gas industry has paid a lot of money. If the state is not using that money properly in mitigation and restoration that’s the state’s problem, and they need to be held accountable.
When you have trial lawyers trolling for dollars, that’s why they like to keep these things going. There is liability to a certain degree, but this trolling for dollars is hurting the state of Louisiana.
All of this stuff comes down to one thing; who’s got the money? The oil companies have all this money so let’s get it. But if they oil companies did all this damage, who helped them? That would be all the people that profited off of it.
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