June 5th, 2007

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Dollar Bill Jefferson

Edwin Edwards, David Duke, Bill Jefferson... Just a few of the names giving Louisiana politics that sticky, not so clean feeling.

Edwin Edwards, our former governor, is currently serving time for racketeering, extortion, mail fraud, and wire fraud.

David Duke, former LA state representative and member of the Klu Klux Klan, served time for filing a false tax return and mail fraud.

Louisiana voters once faced choosing between well-known crook Edwards and well-known racist Duke for Governor. I held my nose and cast my ballot for Edwards.

And now Bill Jefferson has been indicted on 16 counts , including racketeering, soliciting bribes, wire fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice and conspiracy. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 235 years.

Another "proud" day for Louisiana and New Orleans. Another potential hindrance to getting desperately needed dollars for people still struggling to get their lives in order after Katrina.