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Aug 10, 200912:00 AM
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Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

Errol Laborde: 12 Similarities Between Bill Jefferson and Edwin Edwards

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• Both were born poor in rural Louisiana; Edwards near Marksville, Jefferson near Lake Providence.

• Both grew up ambitious for power and wealth.

• Both are very bright.

• Both had great political skills.

• Both served as state senators prior to being elected to Congress.

• Both, had they not strayed, could have become prominent in politics at the national level.

• Both, as members of Congress, had suspect dealings with foreign governments that also involved their wives (For the Jeffersons, it was the African telecommunications scheme; in Edwards’ case, rice trade was the focus.  He and his wife Elaine were accused of taking payoffs from a South Korean businessman allegedly trying to bribe American legislators on behalf of the South Korean government.  Edwards eventually admitted that his wife had accepted an envelope containing $10,000, but, he argued, it was just a gift made out of friendship).

• Both had family members who were indicted in separate cases; Edward’s son Stephen and Jefferson’s brother Mose, and sister Betty.

• Both were caught on surveillance videotape making suspicious financial transactions.

• Both could have done much to help the people of Louisiana.

• Both did much to help themselves.

• Both are paying for it.


 Let us know what you think. Any comments about this article. Write to errol@myneworleans.com. For the subject line use JEFFERSON/ EDWARDS. All responses are subject to being published, as edited, in this newsletter. Please include your name and location.

 
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Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

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Errol LabordeErrol Laborde holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Orleans and is the editor-in-chief of Renaissance Publishing. In that capacity he serves as editor/associate publisher of New Orleans Magazine and editor/publisher of Louisiana Life magazine.

Errol is also a producer and a regular panelist on Informed Sources, a weekly news discussion program broadcast on public television station WYES-TV, Channel 12. Errol is a three-time winner of the Alex Waller Award, the highest award given in print journalism by the Press Club of New Orleans. He also received the National and City Regional Magazine Association Award for Best Column for his New Orleans Magazine column, beating out 76 city magazines across the country. In 2013, Errol received the award for the "Best News Affiliated Blog," awarded by the Press Club of New Orleans.

Errol’s most recent books are Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu and Marched the Day God: A History of the Rex Organization. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and traveling with his wife, Peggy, to anywhere they can get away to, but some of his favorite spots are the Caribbean and historic locations around Louisiana. You can reach Errol at (504) 830-7235 or errol@myneworleans.com.

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