I just so happened to meet writer Leo Honeycutt while out for lunch at Magpie Cafe in Baton Rouge on my birthday. (Really, it was completely random.) At any rate, Honeycutt is former La. governor Edwin Edward’s official biographer and one thing led to another … and I ended up being invited to one of Edwards’ speaking engagements. They allowed me to come along for the ride, and this story came out of that.
Edwards is, truly, a fascinating character. Regardless of how you feel about his politics or corruption allegations/conviction, he’s a name people associate with Louisiana and, some would say, our generation’s Huey P. Long. The evening I spent alongside Honeycutt and Edwards was an interesting insight into how much people of this state are still so supportive of this polarizing figure.