Pro-life ‘Duck Dynasty’ star may run for Louisiana House seat
Willie Robertson is considering running for a seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives, according to political insiders.
The seat is being vacated by Rep. Rodney Alexander, a Republican who has ties to the multimillionaire duck call entrepreneurs, so he can take a post in Governor Bobby Jindal's administration.
The bandana-clad Willie is known for his role as the down-to-earth one on the highest rated program in A&E's network history.
Family patriarch Phil has also addressed the issue of abortion from the pulpit. “From the time you started in your mother's womb, Thomas Jefferson had it right, you have a God-given right to live,” he said.
“We debate whether some woman has the right to tear you out of her a piece at a time? Come on,” he added. “What in the world happened to us?”
Republican Party operatives met with Willie at the annual convention of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a group the Robertsons wholeheartedly support. Willie is also rumored to be considering joining the NRA's board.
If he takes the plunge, he would not be the first person to make the transition from reality television to the pro-life political area. In June, Josh Duggar of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting became executive director of FRC Action, the legislative arm of the Family Research Council.
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Members of the state party have expressed their displeasure with the recruitment through a tried-and-true method: the anonymous leak.
An unnamed state House adviser told the Washington Examiner's Paul Bedard, "Celebrity candidates are very appealing to inside-the-Beltway consultants and reporters, but they usually run lousy campaigns."
No one disputes the family's popularity on the small screen. Its depiction of rural life and traditional values fills a popular niche often neglected by bicoastal television executives. Unapologetically Christian – the family's oldest son is a pastor in the Church of Christ – every episode of Duck Dynasty closes with the family in prayer.
Willie attributes all their success to obeying the Bible's teachings.
“That’s how we can be so successful...that’s how we can stay married,” he told The Blaze. “If you stick with God’s plan, it makes a lot of things a lot easier.”