Vance McAllister: 'Duck Dynasty' Nod 'Didn't Hurt' in La. Runoff Win

Monday, 18 Nov 2013 11:45 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Louisiana Congressman-elect Vance McAllister said the endorsement by the Robertson family of TV's "Duck Dynasty" fame might have given him a leg up in winning Saturday's runoff for an open congressional seat.

"When Willie and Jep and Jase did what they did for me, I'm sure it didn't hurt at all," the Louisiana Republican said on "Fox & Friends" Monday, referring to the endorsements he received from the folks on the popular TV reality show.

McAllister beat fellow Republican state Sen. Neil Riser in a runoff election for the seat in the state's 5th Congressional District. Both self-described conservatives, Riser ran on the endorsement of the the Tea Party of Louisiana. 

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"Duck Dynasty" patron Phil Robertson endorsed McAllister, a businessman and political newcomer, because he had "the least political experience," Raw Story reports.

McAllister said Willie Robertson, another Duck Dynasty personality, stopped by to congratulate him after the win, giving him a "big old bear hug."

"We had just wrapped up with all my TV interviews and everything, and I was talking to some friends and family. And, next thing I hear is, 'Willie is here.' And, I turned around and, oh, my goodness, it's like Grizzly Adams walking up behind you," McAllister said.

"He told me he was proud of me. And, I told him, 'Well, boy, I appreciate it.' Phil, Jase, and Willie and Jep, and even Si, they are amazing, true Christians," McAllister added. "And, you know, what y'all see on TV, and I've known them before any of this all came about, they are some wonderful people."

McAllister also said the barrage of negative campaign ads against him also contributed to his win.

"It was 100 percent negative campaign against 100 percent positive campaign. And, I stayed true to my faith and maintained my integrity," he said. "We kind of shocked the world."

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