Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards turned 91 today, and one of the most colorful characters in Louisiana political lore says he’s in good spirits and good health and looking forward to moving forward in life with his third wife, 39-year-old Trina Edwards and son Eli.

Edwards says he couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the morning.
“This morning my beautiful wife Trina woke me up with a kiss and a cup of coffee at 7 AM. I got dressed and I took my five-year-old to preschool, and I’ll tell you what I couldn’t be happier.”

In 2001 the four-term governor was convicted of a litany of crimes, including extortion, and served ten years in jail. After getting out, he married Trina Scott, who five years ago gave birth to Edwards’ son Eli Wallace Edwards’. Edwards’ says little Eli is ready to continue his father’s legacy.

“I wanted him to have my initials and Trina made a little shirt for him that says EWE for governor 2053.”

And despite his advanced age, Edwards says he expects he’ll be around for a while longer.

“I have two grandparents that lived over 100 years old, my mother died at 96, good genes are common in my family.”

Edwards was interviewed on Talk Louisiana with Jim Engster.