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Duck Dynasty Star Responds to Rumors About Possible Congressional Run


Reality TV show actor Willie Robertson, of Duck Dynasty, before the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP)

Could Willie Robertson, star of the popular television show “Duck Dynasty,” soon be Congressman Robertson?

It’s possible -- although in a statement to FoxNews Tuesday, all the popular television personality  would say is, "I'm kinda busy right now."

The Washington Examiner reports Republican operatives are considering recruiting the popular star to run for outgoing Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander's seat.

Congressman Alexander announced last week he would resign from Congress to work for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Alexander will vacate his position at the end of September and a special election will be held to fill the open seat.

The 5th District, Rep. Alexander’s turf, also happens to be the location of the Robertson’s game call and hunting companies Duck Commander and Buck Commander.

The Louisiana congressman is apparently on close terms with the Robertsons, especially Willie, the self-described, “redneck millionaire.”

"My boys want to run Willie Robertson for the seat," an adviser to House GOP leadership said, according to the Washington Examiner.

Indeed, according to certain GOP operatives, there's a legitimate effort underway to see if Robertson would be interested in running for Congress.

However, some GOP officials are doubtful Robertson would be willing to trade in his lucrative business and television career for a life in politics. Others have voiced concerns over whether Robertson would be any good at the job.

"Yup, I think it is a D.C. thing right now," said one GOP official, adding "Why would a multi-millionaire, TV sensation give up that work to run for a congressional seat?"

Another Republican operative 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."


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Featured image AP photos. This post and its headline have been updated.


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