'Duck Dynasty' Star Launches Ads in Louisiana Race

Willie Robertson, center, of Duck Dynasty attended the State of the Union earlier this year as a guest of McAllister. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Wielding a bible and an AR-15 rifle, the patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” clan has once again waded into political waters.

Phil Robertson, the head of the family at the center of A&E’s reality show, “Duck Dynasty,” which is filmed in Louisiana’s 5th District, appeared in two new television ads released Monday to support his nephew Zach Dasher, a businessman hoping to oust embattled incumbent Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La.  

In one ad dubbed "Believe," Robertson tells voters, while holding a bible in one hand and a rifle in the other, "Bibles and guns brought us here and bibles and guns will keep us here. Zach Dasher believes in both." The two 15-second spots will hit the airwaves Tuesday and will be spotted throughout the district until Election Day. Dasher spokesman Ryan Cross did not say how much money was behind the campaign, only that it was "a significant buy."  

Dasher is in a close race to unseat McAllister, who has attempted to revive his image after being caught on camera kissing a married staffer.  

The Robertson family endorsed McAllister in his special election in 2013, which helped catapult the relatively unknown businessman to victory. Robertson’s son Willie cut an ad for McAllister , who he called his “good buddy,” and attended the State of the Union as McAllister’s guest. But now the Robertsons have sided with their kin, donating thousands of dollars to Dasher’s campaign. But Dasher faces a crowded field with six candidates vying to garner the most votes to secure a spot in a runoff.  

Democratic Mayor Jamie Mayo will likely solidify one spot in the runoff by coalescing the Democrats in the district, while McAllister and the five other Republicans will vie for the other spot. The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates the race Safe Republican .  



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