'Duck Dynasty' star Willie Robertson reportedly being eyed for congressional seat
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/14/2013
Duck Dynasty may be on its way to becoming a political dynasty.
Local Republicans in the House of Representatives' 5th District are eyeing Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson and attempting to convince him to run for a congressional seat because they believe he'll make a good candidate, the Washington Examinerreported.
If Robertson was to run, he'd campaign in a special election to fill the open seat of retiring Republican Representative Rodney Alexander, who is reportedly friendly with Robertson and leaving office in late September to work in Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's cabinet.
"My boys want to run Willie Robertson for the seat," an outside advisor to Republican leadership told the Examiner, adding that efforts are being made to persuade Robertson to run.
The 5th District includes Monroe, LA, where the Duck Dynastyclan resides and their hunting and game call companies Duck Commander and Buck Commander are located.
Whether Republicans will be able to convince Robertson, a self-proclaimed "redneck millionaire," to run is very much questionable, according to political analysts.
"Why would a multi-millionaire, TV sensation give up that work to run for a congressional seat?" a GOP official told the newspaper, adding that it seems to be an unsuccessful trend for Washington D.C. to target celebrities as candidates as of recently.
"Yup, I think it is a D.C. thing right now."
Added another House advisor, "Celebrity candidates are very appealing to inside-the-Beltway consultants and reporters, but they usually run lousy campaigns. That, and Louisiana tends not to favor celebrity candidates."