Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens


The late Earl K. Long was extremely colorful. Some of the stories about him concern his pea patch planting, hospital escaping, stripper dating, microphone-screaming, linen suit wearing, lawmaker punching, chief executive. But, the younger generation is likely unaware of Long’s spiritual side and his holiday gift giving. The Restaurant Association told this story. Long had been quoting the Bible as saying that he was the best friend the voter could ever have besides “Jesus Christ and Sears & Roebuck catalog.” His spiritual side accelerated when he was baptized at the First Baptist in Baton Rouge in 1955. Long didn’t want to offend voters in the Catholic South Louisiana so he made a point of telling crowds that he was “40% Catholic and 60% Baptist” by virtue of his attendance at Loyola University Law School.

His pea patch in Winnfield always brought on many interesting stories. At Christmas following his baptism he would work at his pea patch in Winnfield preparing the fruits of his agriculture spread to give out to voters as gifts. Bread, vegetables and milk became his additional trademark that he maintained until his death. Uncle Earl was really kind during the holidays to his favorite preachers in Baton Rouge and Winnfield. Every year they received fully dressed hogs, slaughtered personally by the Governor. (Source Political Facts)



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