Based on their portrayal of conservative, Christian values on the hit A&E program “Duck Dynasty”, many Republicans have hoped someone from the Robertson family would venture into the world of politics. According to recent reports, such voters in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District might just get their wish.
Though not a cast member, Zach Dasher is Willie Robertson’s first cousin and, according to the reality star, already has an enthusiastic endorsement should he decide to run.
“He’s one of the smartest young guys I know,” Robertson said of the 36-year-old pharmaceutical representative; “and if we convince him to run, he’ll have the full support of the family.”
As for Dasher, he has yet to formally enter the race.
“I’ve always had a passion for history in America; and my wife and I are considering it,” he said. “If we think we can make a difference we’ll answer that call.”
He described his views as similar to that of America’s founding fathers, explaining he recognizes the nation has moved away from the idea that our rights come from God.
“We know our rights don’t come from man but from the Almighty,” he explained. “Politicians should be there to defend those rights, not determine them. I want to see a return to that idea.”
This is not the Robertsons’ first foray into political endorsements – however, the family is obviously hoping this one works out better for everyone involved.
Many credited the family’s support of congressional candidate Vance McAllister with his ultimate win last year. Subsequently, however, the Republican representative has been engulfed in scandal after he was caught on tape kissing a woman other than his wife.
Robertson, however, has stood by McAllister, saying he doesn’t “throw away friends because they made a mistake” and explaining he “told Vance to let politics take a back seat while he tries to save his marriage and family.”
He said he doesn’t regret the endorsement; and, as his support for his cousin proves, the ordeal has not made him shy away from politics.
“I know people can second guess us for supporting Vance,” Robertson concluded. “It’s hard to predict what will happen. We can do what we can do to help them; but once they get in there it’s up to them to pull it off.”