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Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson Hearing Call of Congress, Says D.C. Mag
Louisiana political fixers and A&E execs thought the Bayou State's love of reality shows and charismatic campaigners would find a happy medium with a show about Edwin Edwards. But a special election has things moving toward a different dynasty. According to the Washington Examiner, Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson is being prodded to run for the special election to fill the spot of departing North Louisiana Congressman Rodney Alexander.
Robertson, a Republican from West Monroe, has made no formal announcement about his intentions. He is a self-styled "redneck millionaire," ardent pro-lifer and avowed fan of the American flag headband. In addition to the hunting and general antics depicted on the reality show, he's also been seen praying at a Nascar race.
The show that made his bearded band household names is the top-rated reality show on cable. But these days he's hearing a different call. "Key Republican operatives" are urging Roberston to get into the race to replace Alexander, who he is reportedly "friendly with," according to the Examiner. Alexander resigned last week in a huff about partisan politics, then promptly signed up to take a seat in Gov. Bobby Jindal's cabinet.
Like the Duck Commander family's bad ideas, elections make good TV. So, the Beltway is already salivating at the prospect of headlines during a slow election cycle. But one advisor cautioned the Washington Examiner's Paul Bedard not to read too much into things, just like Willie.
"Celebrity candidates are very appealing to inside-the-Beltway consultants and reporters, but they usually run lousy campaigns," an unnamed operative told the Examiner. "That, and Louisiana tends not to favor celebrity candidates."
After Alexander's announced retirement from Congress and subsequent re-entry into the political sphere, Jindal set a special election for Oct. 19. So far, announced candidates for the race include state Reps. Neil Riser, Jay Morris and attorney Jeff Guerriero on the Republican side. State Rep. Marcus Hunter is throwing his hat in the ring on the Democratic side, with more potentially to follow.
The 5th Congressional district, which is centered primarily on Monroe, runs from the Arkansas border south to parts of Baton Rouge, and east to portions of the Florida parishes.
Here's Robertson talking family values with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News:
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