Posted: Sep 19, 2011 10:20 PM by Shawn Kline
Updated: Sep 19, 2011 10:36 PM
When asked what the Democratic Party needs to do to regain the state, former Governor Edwin Edwards joked, "change the name."
It's been a long eight-years for Governor Edwards, now out of jail after being convicted of federal corruption charges.
It's also been a long year for his Democratic Party; losing control of both sides of the capitol and the trend may continue.
Edwards however, believes democrats can rebound.
"I'm glad I can't run," Edwards said. "Because if I could run, I would run and win. And if I did, I'd have all these problems."
Problems like the state budget deficit. Last year, the state ran a $6-billion tab.
So what does he suggest? Edwards says it's time to the roll the dice!
"Gambling creates about $600-million in tax revenue for the state and over 50-thousand jobs and brings a number of tourists to the state," Edwards said of the casino industry.
His suggestions may go unheard.
Edwards is now a consultant for democratic leaders, but they're losing ground- and fast.
A look at this year's races for example: 60 races have just one candidate. Of those 60 candidates, only 17 are democrats.
That's 43 seats in Baton Rouge all but locked-up by republicans but Edwards says politics in Louisiana is a "swinging pendulum" and "no one party can stay victorious for long."