It's probably no surprise that former Gov. Edwin Edwards — less than six months out of federal prison — is already ready to tie the knot for a third time. The bride this time is Trina Grimes Scott, an Alexandria woman about five decades his junior. What may be surprising is EWE's sudden embrace of Facebook. The 83-year-old Edwards bypassed the traditional media and shared his engagement on the social media site, where he's also dropped other tidbits about his post-prison life (he likes American Idol and thinks Tea Partiers are "sincere and good people, but do not represent the average American citizen").
EWE also used Facebook to announce a potential new business deal: a reality show tracking his engagement. The producer is SSS Entertainment, a company owned by Alexandria filmmaker Shaun Sanghani, whose other Louisiana-focused projects include a proposed TV show called The Wank: "This hilarious reality program follows the party-fueled lives of young guys and girls living on the West Bank of New Orleans, where every weekend is Mardi Gras."
Meanwhile, it's full steam ahead on plans for EWE's 84th birthday party/roast, which is scheduled next month at the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter. The party was announced last January, and a hotel spokesperson confirmed to Gambit it's still on for July 30, when 450 of Edwards' closest friends are scheduled to show up and poke fun at him. No word yet as to whether the gala will now be an engagement party as well — or whether there will be reality-TV cameras documenting the bash. — Allman