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(WWLTV New Orleans)   86-year-old former Louisiana governor who spent 10 years in federal pen on corruption charges declared candidacy for Congressional seat. Your move, Florida   (wwltv.com) divider line 66
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2014-03-17 05:05:17 PM  
Illinois laughs at you amateurs
 
2014-03-17 05:09:10 PM  
Goddammitsomuch.
 
2014-03-17 05:49:03 PM  
A federal felony conviction keeps Edwards from running for state offices, but not from a congressional seat.

That should be fixed. What is the argument for letting ex-felons hold office?
 
2014-03-17 06:18:07 PM  

fusillade762: A federal felony conviction keeps Edwards from running for state offices, but not from a congressional seat.

That should be fixed. What is the argument for letting ex-felons hold office?


That is kinda weird.  I'm generally in the camp of "you paid your debt to society, so you should retain all the freedoms you had before you farked up"... but indeed its very odd that he's banned from *state* positions, but not *federal* considering he was indicted on *federal* charges.
 
2014-03-17 06:32:54 PM  
I'm voting for him, might even vote twice
 
2014-03-17 06:36:13 PM  
That is just wrong. This dipshiat is the ONLY viable candidate the Democrats can come up with?

I seriously hope one of his Republican challengers win.
Just to show you Louisianans.
 
2014-03-17 06:43:33 PM  
Jesus, how many more farking stories do we need about this guy running? This is like the 4th story since the beginning of February, and they keep getting the Green on here. We get it, he's running and he was convicted of a felony. Nothing has changed since the last story, and the only thing that changed before that is that he went from 'thinking about running' to 'definitely running'.
 
2014-03-17 06:44:56 PM  
If anything spending 10 years in prison would lend him some life experience that people in Congress could use, not to mention that if the government is supposed to represent the citizens there should probably be at least 1 convicted felon there.
 
2014-03-17 06:47:03 PM  
Well, at least we know his vote *can* be bought, the only thing left to chance now is what the going rate is. If we are going to elect a crooked politician, the politician in question should at least be up-front about being a crooked politician (or at least have it be a matter of public record that he is, in fact, a crooked politician). And he had damn well better be an *honest* crooked politician (as in, once he is bought by one side or the other on an issue, he stays bought *for that side*, and doesn't switch sides when the other side offers him more money).
 
2014-03-17 06:47:32 PM  
Is it bad that he is still the best candidate?

Riverboat Casino kickbacks? Whatever.

Restricting freedoms; punishing the poor because of the lazy; non-secular government? No, This is bad.

Only in America.

/tebows
 
2014-03-17 06:49:10 PM  
I guess when you get out of prison, running for office is the only way to go. Because nobody else will hire you. You did your time? Need to make a living? Fark you. Back to crime.
 
2014-03-17 06:54:08 PM  
was there a live boy or dead girl?

otherwise that's just politics
 
2014-03-17 06:57:57 PM  
I sure don't think running in LA6 was a great idea for him. Baton Rouge, lotta rednecky Florida parishes... 10, 15 years ago, maybe, but the southeastern part of the state has moved more solidly R, New Orleans excepted. Should have tried waiting and running in Boustany's district. Man IS from Crowley after all.
 
2014-03-17 07:01:01 PM  

fusillade762: A federal felony conviction keeps Edwards from running for state offices, but not from a congressional seat.

That should be fixed. What is the argument for letting ex-felons hold office?


Because the fine folks who wrote the Constitution never imagined that voters would be dumb enough to elect them.
 
2014-03-17 07:03:21 PM  
86-year-old former Louisiana governor who spent 10 years in federal pen on corruption charges declared candidacy for Congressional seat. Your move, FloridaAlabama
 
2014-03-17 07:07:54 PM  

Mikey1969: Jesus, how many more farking stories do we need about this guy running? This is like the 4th story since the beginning of February, and they keep getting the Green on here. We get it, he's running and he was convicted of a felony. Nothing has changed since the last story, and the only thing that changed before that is that he went from 'thinking about running' to 'definitely running'.


Also

FRANCISCO FRANCO IS STILL DEAD.

i2.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-17 07:10:54 PM  

whidbey: Mikey1969: Jesus, how many more farking stories do we need about this guy running? This is like the 4th story since the beginning of February, and they keep getting the Green on here. We get it, he's running and he was convicted of a felony. Nothing has changed since the last story, and the only thing that changed before that is that he went from 'thinking about running' to 'definitely running'.

Also

FRANCISCO FRANCO IS STILL DEAD.

[i2.photobucket.com image 250x141]


I'm actually old enough to have watched that when it first happened. I don't know if I've ever laughed harder.
 
2014-03-17 07:13:48 PM  

fusillade762: A federal felony conviction keeps Edwards from running for state offices, but not from a congressional seat.

That should be fixed. What is the argument for letting ex-felons hold office?


The fundamental tenants of democracy.

Whats the argument for stopping them?
 
2014-03-17 07:14:28 PM  

fusillade762: A federal felony conviction keeps Edwards from running for state offices, but not from a congressional seat.

That should be fixed. What is the argument for letting ex-felons hold office?


The government in power could generate bullshiat convictions against people who are a threat to their power.  That's not the case here -- Edwards was dirtier than German porn -- but that's the argument.
 
2014-03-17 07:14:46 PM  

Solid Muldoon: whidbey: Mikey1969: Jesus, how many more farking stories do we need about this guy running? This is like the 4th story since the beginning of February, and they keep getting the Green on here. We get it, he's running and he was convicted of a felony. Nothing has changed since the last story, and the only thing that changed before that is that he went from 'thinking about running' to 'definitely running'.

Also

FRANCISCO FRANCO IS STILL DEAD.

[i2.photobucket.com image 250x141]

I'm actually old enough to have watched that when it first happened. I don't know if I've ever laughed harder.


That got me laughing, but the one that made me laugh so hard I hurt myself was the first time Dan Aykroyd called Jane Curtin an ignorant slut.

/also old
 
2014-03-17 07:15:54 PM  

Ned Stark: fusillade762: A federal felony conviction keeps Edwards from running for state offices, but not from a congressional seat.

That should be fixed. What is the argument for letting ex-felons hold office?

The fundamental tenants of democracy.

Whats the argument for stopping them?


Democracy may be for sale, but it's definitely not for rent. I think you mean "tenets."
 
2014-03-17 07:23:32 PM  

BMulligan: Solid Muldoon: whidbey: Mikey1969: Jesus, how many more farking stories do we need about this guy running? This is like the 4th story since the beginning of February, and they keep getting the Green on here. We get it, he's running and he was convicted of a felony. Nothing has changed since the last story, and the only thing that changed before that is that he went from 'thinking about running' to 'definitely running'.

Also

FRANCISCO FRANCO IS STILL DEAD.

[i2.photobucket.com image 250x141]

I'm actually old enough to have watched that when it first happened. I don't know if I've ever laughed harder.

That got me laughing, but the one that made me laugh so hard I hurt myself was the first time Dan Aykroyd called Jane Curtin an ignorant slut.

/also old


I'm still partial to

www.pitt.edu

/born in '65
//first SNL Season=Best Season
 
2014-03-17 07:25:16 PM  
Still better than his Republican opponent.
 
2014-03-17 07:26:48 PM  
Was this the guy with the smoking hot trophy wife?
 
2014-03-17 07:29:21 PM  

whidbey: BMulligan: Solid Muldoon: whidbey: Mikey1969: Jesus, how many more farking stories do we need about this guy running? This is like the 4th story since the beginning of February, and they keep getting the Green on here. We get it, he's running and he was convicted of a felony. Nothing has changed since the last story, and the only thing that changed before that is that he went from 'thinking about running' to 'definitely running'.

Also

FRANCISCO FRANCO IS STILL DEAD.

[i2.photobucket.com image 250x141]

I'm actually old enough to have watched that when it first happened. I don't know if I've ever laughed harder.

That got me laughing, but the one that made me laugh so hard I hurt myself was the first time Dan Aykroyd called Jane Curtin an ignorant slut.

/also old

I'm still partial to

[www.pitt.edu image 479x359]

/born in '65
//first SNL Season=Best Season


That he almost let the lid fly off and slapped his hand on it just in time? Priceless.

My all time favorite is The Sinatra Group. "Cover your face, Steve!"
 
2014-03-17 07:42:12 PM  
If they want to elect someone with a little insight in to the way things work, should we try to stop them?
 
2014-03-17 07:48:48 PM  
He's baaaaack!

He was Governor when I was a kid and when my mom was a kid. This mofo will ALWAYS find a way back into politics until they bury his ass. More power to him. I'm pretty damn sure he will get enough votes to have a decent showing on "hey, that's Edwin!" alone. He's loved and hated equally

and yes, his wife (who is slightly older than me) is smokin hot!
 
2014-03-17 07:54:31 PM  

mafiageek1980: He's baaaaack!

He was Governor when I was a kid and when my mom was a kid. This mofo will ALWAYS find a way back into politics until they bury his ass. More power to him. I'm pretty damn sure he will get enough votes to have a decent showing on "hey, that's Edwin!" alone. He's loved and hated equally

and yes, his wife (who is slightly older than me) is smokin hot!


Money and power will always get you babes.

I've always had to rely on my charm and my prodigious johnson.
 
2014-03-17 08:25:10 PM  

Solid Muldoon: mafiageek1980: He's baaaaack!

He was Governor when I was a kid and when my mom was a kid. This mofo will ALWAYS find a way back into politics until they bury his ass. More power to him. I'm pretty damn sure he will get enough votes to have a decent showing on "hey, that's Edwin!" alone. He's loved and hated equally

and yes, his wife (who is slightly older than me) is smokin hot!

Money and power will always get you babes.

I've always had to rely on my charm and my prodigious johnson.


LMFAO! LMFAO! LMFAO! LMFAO!
 
2014-03-17 08:31:34 PM  

whidbey: I'm still partial to


What's all this fuss about endangered feces?
anniesdishlist.files.wordpress.com
Who would want to preserve such a thing!?

/Nevermind
 
2014-03-17 08:36:56 PM  
I'm slightly younger than the others, and the one SNL skit that made me laugh until I about pee'd myself was the "All Drug Olympics" where Phil Hartman attempted to do a dead-lift and ripped off his arms.

Also, how can a felon not be eligible to vote, but eligible to be voted for?
 
2014-03-17 08:37:44 PM  

fusillade762: A federal felony conviction keeps Edwards from running for state offices, but not from a congressional seat.

That should be fixed. What is the argument for letting ex-felons hold office?


It's probably just an oversight.  Someone thought "Why do we need to pass a law preventing a corrupt felon to hold this office?  Surely one will never get elected."

Classic overestimation of the intelligence of the average voter.
 
2014-03-17 08:37:46 PM  

BMulligan: Ned Stark: fusillade762: A federal felony conviction keeps Edwards from running for state offices, but not from a congressional seat.

That should be fixed. What is the argument for letting ex-felons hold office?

The fundamental tenants of democracy.

Whats the argument for stopping them?

Democracy may be for sale, but it's definitely not for rent. I think you mean "tenets."


I'm just doing what spellcheck tells me to do, man.
 
2014-03-17 08:38:38 PM  

fusillade762: A federal felony conviction keeps Edwards from running for state offices, but not from a congressional seat.

That should be fixed. What is the argument for letting ex-felons hold office?


The Founders didn't include a prohibition against it, so making it so would require a Constitutional amendment. As for the logic behind it, I don't know for sure, but simply based on speculation they may have considered it a fairly large loophole, as it would have given an existing government a handy mechanism to exclude people.
 
2014-03-17 08:45:16 PM  

Ned Stark: BMulligan: Ned Stark: fusillade762: A federal felony conviction keeps Edwards from running for state offices, but not from a congressional seat.

That should be fixed. What is the argument for letting ex-felons hold office?

The fundamental tenants of democracy.

Whats the argument for stopping them?

Democracy may be for sale, but it's definitely not for rent. I think you mean "tenets."

I'm just doing what spellcheck tells me to do, man.


Say what you want about the tenants of National Socialism, Dude, at least they pay their rent.
 
2014-03-17 08:52:02 PM  

Solid Muldoon: whidbey: Mikey1969: Jesus, how many more farking stories do we need about this guy running? This is like the 4th story since the beginning of February, and they keep getting the Green on here. We get it, he's running and he was convicted of a felony. Nothing has changed since the last story, and the only thing that changed before that is that he went from 'thinking about running' to 'definitely running'.

Also

FRANCISCO FRANCO IS STILL DEAD.

[i2.photobucket.com image 250x141]

I'm actually old enough to have watched that when it first happened. I don't know if I've ever laughed harder.


Same here. I miss those days.
 
2014-03-17 09:07:28 PM  
theadvocate.com

...and I'll bet you a month of TF that he is cheating on her.
 
2014-03-17 09:41:02 PM  

TheOther: [theadvocate.com image 494x660]

...and I'll bet you a month of TF that he is cheating on her.


No need to bet my friend. He probably is. He may be 86, but he's got that cajun charm-the-panties-off-a-lady in him. Oh yeah, and $$$

Then again, she's probably cheating on him too.
 
2014-03-17 10:15:13 PM  
Your move, Florida Rhode Island.

FTFY.
 
2014-03-17 10:20:41 PM  
Amateurs.  Florida already sends an impeached federal judge to congress on a regular basis.
 
2014-03-17 11:00:32 PM  

Solid Muldoon: whidbey: Mikey1969: Jesus, how many more farking stories do we need about this guy running? This is like the 4th story since the beginning of February, and they keep getting the Green on here. We get it, he's running and he was convicted of a felony. Nothing has changed since the last story, and the only thing that changed before that is that he went from 'thinking about running' to 'definitely running'.

Also

FRANCISCO FRANCO IS STILL DEAD.

[i2.photobucket.com image 250x141]

I'm actually old enough to have watched that when it first happened. I don't know if I've ever laughed harder.


Concurred.

Garret Morris was insanely funny. Of course we know now that the writing was beyond measure.
 
2014-03-17 11:41:10 PM  

BMulligan: Solid Muldoon: whidbey: Mikey1969: Jesus, how many more farking stories do we need about this guy running? This is like the 4th story since the beginning of February, and they keep getting the Green on here. We get it, he's running and he was convicted of a felony. Nothing has changed since the last story, and the only thing that changed before that is that he went from 'thinking about running' to 'definitely running'.

Also

FRANCISCO FRANCO IS STILL DEAD.

[i2.photobucket.com image 250x141]

I'm actually old enough to have watched that when it first happened. I don't know if I've ever laughed harder.

That got me laughing, but the one that made me laugh so hard I hurt myself was the first time Dan Aykroyd called Jane Curtin an ignorant slut.

/also old


bass-o-matic

/older still
 
2014-03-17 11:42:59 PM  
Isn't it more newsworthy to have a Louisiana politician that doesn't have a criminal record?
 
2014-03-17 11:49:10 PM  

fusillade762: A federal felony conviction keeps Edwards from running for state offices, but not from a congressional seat.

That should be fixed. What is the argument for letting ex-felons hold office?


Hypothetically, to prevent corrupt officials from eliminating credible opposition candidates by having them convicted in kangaroo courts.
 
2014-03-17 11:54:14 PM  

qorkfiend: fusillade762: A federal felony conviction keeps Edwards from running for state offices, but not from a congressional seat.

That should be fixed. What is the argument for letting ex-felons hold office?

The Founders didn't include a prohibition against it, so making it so would require a Constitutional amendment. As for the logic behind it, I don't know for sure, but simply based on speculation they may have considered it a fairly large loophole, as it would have given an existing government a handy mechanism to exclude people.



You got it right on the nose there. You could legislate your opposition into ineligibility.
 
2014-03-18 12:37:57 AM  
He looks very white and trustworthy.  I like him; he's the kind of guy I would like to have a beer with and let run my district.
 
2014-03-18 02:07:50 AM  

Ned Stark: I'm just doing what spellcheck tells me to do, man.


Eye halve a spelling checker
It came with my pea sea.
It plainly marks four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a quay and type a word
And weight for it to say
Weather eye yam wrong oar write.
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long,
And eye can put the error rite.
Its rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it,
I am shore your pleased to no.
Its letter perfect awl the way.
My checker told me sew.
 
2014-03-18 02:09:31 AM  

PapaChester: Is it bad that he is still the best candidate?

Riverboat Casino kickbacks? Whatever.

Restricting freedoms; punishing the poor because of the lazy; non-secular government? No, This is bad.

Only in America.

/tebows


media.nola.com
 
2014-03-18 02:13:36 AM  

Githerax: He looks very white and trustworthy.


i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-18 02:46:19 AM  

downstairs: fusillade762: A federal felony conviction keeps Edwards from running for state offices, but not from a congressional seat.

That should be fixed. What is the argument for letting ex-felons hold office?

That is kinda weird.  I'm generally in the camp of "you paid your debt to society, so you should retain all the freedoms you had before you farked up"... but indeed its very odd that he's banned from *state* positions, but not *federal* considering he was indicted on *federal* charges.


"No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen."
- U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 2, clause 2

Well, it's in the constitutuon. Not the amendments. You'd need an amendment, although you might be able to get states to restrict ballot positions to non-felons. They could be elected by write-in, but not via the checked box. That could lead to interesting debates.
 
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