We can remember a time when most disgraced politicians spent their post-scandal years in relative obscurity. But now, or so it seems, infamy can be a steppingstone to a lucrative media or entertainment career.
Tom DeLay, the Texas Republican and former majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, did a guest appearance on ?Dancing With the Stars? while under indictment for money laundering ? an indictment that eventually led to his conviction. Former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer, a Democrat who resigned from office after being linked to a prostitution ring, now hosts a news show on CNN.
Now comes the word that former Gov. Edwin Edwards, fresh from federal prison after serving time for corruption, might be getting his own reality show.
The 83-year-old Edwards has served his sentence, and he certainly has every right to pursue a TV deal. As a community newspaper sustained by the First Amendment, we?re big fans of freedom of expression.
It would be a shame, though, if Edwards brought more embarrassment to the state he once led by engaging in a media project that made light of his previous misdeeds. If Edwards does end up with the TV series, we hope it?s a tasteful one that doesn?t bring another black eye to Louisiana.