‘LaPolitics’: Another Edwin Edwards book in the works; state treasurer’s race gets underway

    Baton Rouge author Leo Honeycutt says another book about former Gov. Edwin Edwards is already in the works. Honeycutt and Edwards last collaborated on Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana, which was released in 2009. “Remember, I had 1,200 pages on the cutting room floor from book one,” says Honeycutt. Edwards was actually back in the headlines this week after he was hospitalized for a bout of pneumonia. Edwards was discharged from the hospital and is now recovering back home. Honeycutt, meanwhile, says he still has to finish his current book project on LSU great Skip Bertman before he can dedicate his time fully to his next book on Edwards.

    —Now that we know a special election for treasurer will be held in October to replace U.S. Sen.-elect John Kennedy, the potential candidates can start campaigning in earnest. State Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, has been in the field the longest and is already building a campaign team. Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Metairie, has started raising money and brought in a six-figure haul at an event last week. Some new names of folks looking at the race are surfacing, like Angele Davis, commissioner of administration for former Gov. Bobby Jindal and former state House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, a fellow Republican from Lake Charles. Also thinking about the race is Acadiana health care executive Gus Rantz, who placed fifth in the primary for the 3rd Congressional District last month. State Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, says he intends to be a candidate and Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Mandeville, is seriously considering a bid. The big question moving forward is whether a Democrat surfaces to join the list.

    They said it: “No matter if we gave you a billion dollars or a billion-and-a-half dollars, it wouldn’t be enough money.” —Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, to state health officials

    Jeremy Alford publishes LaPolitics Weekly, a newsletter on Louisiana politics, at LaPolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter, or on Facebook. He can be reached at JJA@LaPolitics.com.

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