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Louisiana: Breaux will run ... if he gets the AG's OK

AP reports (and reminds me of a story about former Earl Long): Former U.S. Sen. John Breaux said Friday he will run for Louisiana governor if the state attorney general determines he meets the legal requirements to enter the race.

Breaux told The Associated Press he'll give up his lobbying job in Washington, D.C., and begin campaigning if the ruling is in his favor. He said he's aware that he would face tough attacks from Republicans but wants to be governor so he can help Louisiana recover from the 2005 hurricanes. -- NOLA.com: NewsFlash - Breaux: I'll run for governor if AG opinion says it's legal

As soon as I read that first paragraph, I was reminded of one of Earl Long's campaigns. Earl had been committed to the Southeastern Louisiana State Hospital on grounds of mental instability during his last term as governor. While later running for a seat in Congress, Earl is reputed to have said, "I am the only candidate in this race who has a certificate that he is sane." (As a friend used to say, "If it ain't true, it ought to be.")

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