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Edwards: "I outlasted him"

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The longest serving Louisiana governor has a message for the longest serving U.S. attorney.

"In the end, it turned out as I thought it would," Former Governor Edwin Edwards said.

Governor Edwards isn't completely throwing the key prosecutor in the corruption trial under the bus. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten is resigning after an ongoing scandal in his office. This all stems from a slew of negative online postings from two of his top deputies.

"I don't want to comment too much except my quotation, which is 'you sit by the river long enough and I did. I outlasted him," the former governor said.

The governor walked out of prison last year, married his prison pen pal months later, but that extortion conviction reeks havoc on his hobbies.

"I just love coming to this area. I used to love coming up here to hunt but they won't let me hunt anymore," Edwards said.

The West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce is welcoming the former governor to speak at the yearly banquet. Edwards is also weighing in on some key state issues. The former leader is giving Governor Jindal a thumbs down for not giving the green light to some areas of the Affordable Care Act.

"Why the governor would turn down that kind of help, with that many people, paid for by the federal government?" Edwards asked. "But he did it and that's his business."

When it comes to the so-called "fiscal cliff", Edwards is hopeful the left and right will work together to avoid the fall.

The former governor is also working on a reality show scheduled to debut next year.

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