If Edwin Edwards is a new name to you, here is his story a nutshell. He enjoyed a successful political career In Louisiana with four terms as Governor, but ended up in federal prison in 2002 after being found guilty on racketeering charges. He had long been believed to be fairly corrupt. Edwards got out of prison after serving eight years at the age of 83. While in prison he divorced his second wife. Shortly after his release he married his third wife – a woman he had corresponded with while in prison. His new wife, Trina, is 51 years his junior. When Edwards’ sibling cautioned him that sex with Trina could be dangerous, Edwards is reported to have said, “‘Well, Marion…if she dies, she dies.”
Let me be the first to say “EWWWWW!!” ;-(
But wait there is more. Trina used some sperm of Edwards that was saved from many moons ago to make her dream of having a baby with him a reality. In August 2013 their child was born.
But wait, there is still more. Edwards, Trina, and their whole merry family unit had their own short-lived A & E reality show called The Governor’s Wife that debuted in late 2013. Sadly, the inside look into their lives did not catch on with viewers. I am not sure why, but I would guess that the fact that he could be her grandfather may have turned some folks off. A May-December relationship is one thing, but a half a century is just too gross to think about to most folks (except perhaps 80 year old men who are still hanging on to the dream that it could happen to them).
Never fear though, Edwards still has at least one more thing up his sleeve. Apparently, the colorful character that he is still garners interest and support in his home state. It is said that he remains fairly well-liked in Louisiana. Now Edwards, at the tender age of 86, has announced that he will seek a seat in the U.S. House in an upcoming election. Edwards was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965 to 1972 (before he began his love affair with the governor’s office).
I do not know how I lived all these years without knowing of this man. I also do not know how many years it will take me to scrub the image of him and his young wife out of my mind. All that is left to know now is this – will Louisianans vote him in? If they do, A & E may need to revisit that reality show because the circus is coming to town.
Day one thousand three hundred and fifty of the new forty – obla di obla da