'Duck Dynasty' Cousin May Run for McAllister's House Seat

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 10:07 AM

By Michael Mullins

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"Duck Dynasty" cousin Zach Dasher might run for Louisiana's 5th Congressional District, which will be vacated by Republican Rep. Vance McAllister at year's end.

McAllister, who was formerly endorsed by the Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty," had his political career severed when in early April a video surfaced of him kissing a 33-year-old married part-time staffer at his district office in December.

The 40-year-old Republican congressman, who is married and has five children, subsequently announced he would not be seeking reelection when his term is up.

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"I've failed those I care most about and let down the people who elected me to represent them," McAllister said in a prepared statement in late April. "I take full responsibility for this personal failure and I'm truly sorry for what I've done."

In a recent interview with The News Star, Willie Robertson, chief executive of Duck Commander, told the newspaper that he and his kin have been trying to convince Dasher, his first cousin, to enter the race following McAllister's decision to bow out.

"He’s one of the smartest young guys I know, and if we convince him to run, he’ll have the full support of the family," Robertson said.

When asked about running for the Congressional seat, Dasher, who is a pharmaceutical representative and has never before held public office, told The News Star that he was undecided.

"I’ve always had a passion for history in America, and my wife and I are considering it," the 36-year-old registered Republican and father of four said. "If we think we can make a difference we’ll answer that call."

Having what he described as a "Christian world view," Dasher added, "My philosophy, like the founders, is one of natural law."

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"We believe fully that man is made in the image of God and our rights are endowed by the creator," Dasher continued. "We know our rights don’t come from man but from the almighty. Politicians should be there to defend those rights, not determine them. I want to see a return to that idea."

According to The New Star, only two people have yet to announce their candidacy for the Congressional seat, a former Grant Parish district attorney and Republican named Ed Tarplay, and a Libertarian candidate named Clay Grant.

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