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Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
People that were alive during this, what was that experience like?


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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
Not alive so I can’t say, but it’s a sad commentary in LA politics that the better candidate won and that candidate was Edwin fricking Edwards


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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
Vote for the crook, it's important


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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
Vote For The Crook. It’s Important!


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Parmen
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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
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Nice alter.

Took Parent's class on Louisiana Government at LSU and this was discussed at one point. Probably the most interesting gubernatorial election in US history.


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zeebo
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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
I remember running into a friends mother in a bank. I told her that some were predicting a run off with these two. She almost fainted. She was a Republican grand dame. She held her nose and voted for Edwards. As did so many of us. There was a bumper sticker that said,”Vote for the Crook. It’s important!”


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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
Boring. Everyone knew Edwards would win and he did. The tense race was for Senate between Bennett Johnston and Duke.
BJ was a heavy favorite. Polls had him way up. Then he voted against Robert Bork for SC because the Dem leadership commanded it. The La. public was for Bork.
They got pissed at him and voted for Duke who came very close to winning.

When Clarence Thomas came up for vote the Dems did it again...demanding that Johnston vote 'no.' Johnston said "I learned my lesson' and voted for Thomas who was very much favored by La. voters.


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BornAndRaised_LA
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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
It was bizarre watching SNL make fun of a state-level race, especially in the South.


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CoolKat
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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
I frequently look back at that election with great introspection. I was a freshman in college, first governor's vote for me, away from home on college campus, changing perceptions on race and equality had already begun. Was forced to vote for a known crook or a known racist (dem vs rep, next to the names). Won't say who I cast my vote for, but it is not one of my proudest moments, in hindsight.

I went to campaign speeches for both on my college campus. They both talked an incredibly good game and made you believe they were over their prior indiscretions.

What a terrible choice my soul had to make....


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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
Felt to me like Louisiana was scrapping the bottom of the barrel. The KKK racist vs the La Gov who a few years later would be convicted and sent to prison. Edwards served as governor over a 24 year period...1972-80/84-88/92-96 I'm just glad Ronald Reagan was elected President and even though it was toward the end of his second term I always believed the popularity of Reagan was the x factor that helped Roemer defeat Edwards who was running for re election. But Louisiana was hurt and embarrassed when Duke edged out Roemer for the Republican nomination and Roemer's bid for a second term. Edwards saw his chance to get back into office because of the Duke candidacy. It also revealed how weak the sitting governor, Roemer had become...losing the nomination to Duke, who ran as the Republican.
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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
Honestly, there was no choice. If you voted for a guy who thought it was cool to give speeches in a Nazi uniform in college and never changed his views, I sincerely hope your soul has changed. There was no choice in that election.


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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
I voted for the crook.


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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
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I voted for the crook.


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Giantkiller
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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
I remember Dan Ackroyd being on the Arsenio Hall show and passionately begging Louisiana to not vote for David Duke. It was pretty weird and embarrassing.

Thankfully this is only things that could happen pre-internet. Today there’s no way Duke could ever gain traction in the first place.


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jdd48
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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
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People that were alive during this, what was that experience like?


Surreal. Edwards was running ads with footage of Duke leading a cross burning. Duke paid for air time to try to explain away his past. It came off as completely phony of course, because he is still a racist to this day. Edwards was a known corrupt official. It was the textbook example of voting for the lesser of two evils.

Edwards also blasted Duke with one of his infamous zingers: "The only thing we have in common is we’re both wizards under the sheets."
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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
A better question is what was Louisiana like in 1991 to get to this point. And either you have to realize it had reached the point of complete degeneracy in terms of crime, individuals on the dole and its abuse, government corruption, taxes, broken public schools etc etc.

I can't figure out if things have gotten better or we have just become more complacent. Probably a bit of both.


Caddo
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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
I still have my David Duke for Governor t shirt stuffed away in the back of my closet. Thought it might be a collectors item one day.


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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
we knew we could get back to robbing and stealing with EWE


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CajunTiger92
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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
I remember driving down I-10 from BR to Lafayette the weekend of the first open primary election and, after seeing a lot of Duke signs, thinking for the first time that he would get in the run off.

From what I remember of some that said they would vote for him, it was an anti-establishment, protest vote. They were just fed up with things and wanted to “send a message”. That was a helluva stupid message that’s for sure.


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re: Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke Governor Race 1991
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And either you have to realize it had reached the point of complete degeneracy in terms of crime, individuals on the dole and its abuse, government corruption, taxes, broken public schools etc etc.


What has changed?


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