Will Edwin Edwards run for Congress? _lowres

Former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards speaks last week to his wife, Trina, and Paul Dietzel, who also is running for Louisiana's 6th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. They attended the Governor's Prayer breakfast last week. Advocate photo by Michelle Millhollon

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards has tantalized Louisiana for weeks with speculation he will run for Congress.

The suspense could end Monday with Edwards scheduled to speak to the Press Club of Baton Rouge and expected to focus on his own political future.

Edwards, a four-term governor, has been flirting for weeks about the possibility of a running for Congress in the state’s 6th District.

At the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast last week, U.S. House candidate Paul Diet-zel II leaned toward Edwards and tried to persuade him that the rumor mill has him running for the U.S. Senate. Edwards laughed and said all will be revealed Monday.

“I’m going to announce it on Monday, whatever my decision is,” he said.

Press Club meets on Mondays in the Iberville Room at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel, 102 France St. Parking is free in the garage off Mayflower Street.

Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. The public is invited.

The 86-year-old’s federal felony conviction keeps him from running for state elected offices, but not from a congressional seat.

Edwards, a lifelong Democrat, served two terms as governor in the 1970s. He was re-elected in 1983 and made another comeback for a fourth term in 1991. A felony conviction arising from the licensing of riverboat casinos in his fourth term led to eight years in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.