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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Former Gov. Edwin Edwards has his sights set on politics once again.

The 86-year-old announced his bid Monday for the state's Sixth Congressional Seat.

'I am positive I can run and confident I can win,' said Edwards, addressing a Press Club meeting in Baton Rouge where he voiced his desire to run for Congress.

The position is currently held by Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., who is challenging Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.

Edwards joked about his age, saying he hopes voters will remember his years of political experience.

'Younger candidates should not be penalized because of their youth and experience. Therefore age should not be an issue in this campaign, and I will not make it an issue,' Edwards said.

The former governor may be confident, but his background is tainted by a felony conviction that forced him to serve eight years in prison on racketeering charges.

Moving forward, the career politician said he'll focus his campaign on the petro-chemical industry, improving the district's water quality, supporting farmers and not supporting President Obama's healthcare reform.

'Certainly something out of the ordinary, when an 86-year-old convicted felon decides he's going to run for Congress,' said UNO Political Science Professor Edward Chervenak.

Chervenak believes Edwards has an uphill battle to climb running as a democrat in a Republican district.

Chervenak also points out there is no federal law preventing convicted felons from running for federal office.

'I don't know how people are going to perceive this, whether it's a media stunt or it's a joke, or whether this is a serious contest to run for office,' Chervenak said. 'That's yet to be seen.'

As for Louisiana voters, we asked them to weigh in on Edwards possible bid for Congress.

'He'd made a great congressman,' said Daphne Cummings.

'If he has a constitutional right to run for office, he should be able to,' said Frank Norris.

The Louisiana GOP released this statement in response to Edwards' announcement.

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