'Duck Dynasty' relative running for Congress

'Duck Dynasty' relative running for Congress

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DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 22: Cast members from Duck Dynasty (L-R) Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson and Phil Robertson get ready to throw out the first pitch prior to the start of the game between Chicago WQhite Sox and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)


by Paul Singer / USA TODAY


Posted on June 17, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 8:28 AM

Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., was elected in a November 2013 special election.

Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., was elected in a November 2013 special election. (J. Scott Applewhite, AP)
(J. Scott Applewhite, AP)

Really, it doesn’t get any better than this.

The Duck Dynasty clan — the family behind the popular A&E reality show — is backing one of its own for the congressional seat that may or may not be vacated by Rep. Vance McAllister, the married congressman who was caught on a security tape making out with a married staff member.

McAllister, a Louisiana Republican, first said he would not run again after the kissing video went viral, then said he was keeping his options open, and is now leading a recent poll even though he has not declared his intentions.

But now a new entry in the race: Pharmaceutical representative Zach Dasher, a member of the Duck Dynasty family, says he is joining the race.

Our colleagues at the Shreveport Times have the story:

Dasher, 36, a Republican, said he has the blessing and support of the Duck Commander Robertson family. Patriarch Phil Robertson is Dasher’s uncle.

“I want to help restore America to what she once was — a nation that builds freedom and prosperity on the anchor of God,” Dasher said. . . .

“We’ve vetted (Zach) for 36 years,” said Al Robertson, the oldest son of Phil and Kay.

This is a big deal because it was the support of the famously conservative Christian duck clan that propelled McAllister to victory in the first place in a 2013 special election.

McAllister’s opponent in that race, state Sen. Neil Riser, said this week he will not run for the seat again.