'Duck Dynasty' Star Running for Congress? Some GOP Leaders Hope So

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Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 03:51 PM

By Michael Mullins

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"Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson is reportedly wanted as a potential Republican congressional candidate by state lawmakers in Louisiana.

The conservative 41-year-old, who stars in A&E’s huge reality TV hit "Duck Dynasty" and is CEO of Duck Commander — a company that produces equipment for duck hunters — is being considered for the soon-to-be vacated 5th District seat.

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Rep. Rodney Alexander, who is retiring soon, currently holds the position.

A special election will be held to fill the open seat in September.

Alexander has a good relationship with the Robertson clan, and Willie in particular, the Washington Examiner noted.

"My boys want to run Willie Robertson for the seat," a key outside adviser to House GOP leadership said.

According to the unnamed source, efforts are already being made to encourage Robertson to run for the seat.

Robertson was asked on Fox News Channel's "The Five" on Tuesday about Twitter chatter that he is running.

"I heard today I was doing that," Robertson said. "It's very interesting. It's news to me."

But Robertson assured the hosts of the show he has no plans to be on the ticket.

"I'm kinda busy right now," he said.

Other House GOP advisers and officials doubt the reality TV star would make the effort to hold public office, considering his personal success via the hit A&E show as well as his company's.

"Yup, I think it is a D.C. thing right now," an unnamed GOP official told the Washington Examiner. "Why would a multimillionaire, TV sensation give up that work to run for a congressional seat?"

Another House adviser added, "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."

Robertson, whose ZZ Top-like beard would surely separate him physically from his fellow representatives in the House, has in the past described himself as a "redneck millionaire," with an estimated net worth of approximately $20 million, according to celebritynetworth.com.

In April, the Season 3 finale of "Duck Dynasty" drew 9.6 million viewers and became A&E’s most-watched telecast ever, beating out both Fox's "American Idol" (12.5 million viewers) and CBS's "Survivor" (10.3 million).

The reality show chronicles the lovable Louisiana family in their day-to-day lives as they run their Duck Commander business that has made them rich.

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