"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson waded into political waters when he recently told the GOP to "get godly," but his nephew is taking it to the next level, announcing a run for Louisiana's 5th Congressional District.
Congressional candidate Zach Dasher (Image via Twitter @DasherZach)
Zach Dasher, 36, told the Times-Picayune Monday that the Robertsons have prayed with him about his decision to run and that he has "the full support of the entire family."
Converging at his cousin Al Robertson's home last week, Dasher, who is the son of one of Phil and Si Robertson's sisters, said that the family discussed the ins and outs of the congressional race.
"We sat down as a family this past week when we were deciding what we wanted to do. Being that closely connected, this is about them, too," he said in a separate interview with the Associated Press. "We got our bellies full and then we sat around in a big circle and then we prayed. We prayed about this candidacy that this would be something real. And the family was really excited."
The brief description is reminiscent of the final dinner scene in every episode of "Duck Dynasty" in which the family gets together to eat, laugh and chat over a meal -- and it shows the continued importance the Robertsons place on their Christian faith.
Dasher, who has never held political office, told Reuters in a separate interview that he'll advance a faith-based platform in a race that could pit him against Rep. Vance McAllister, the embattled Republican who has yet to decide if he'll run following a highly publicized scandal earlier this year.
"My basic platform begins with God," Dasher, a pharmaceutical rep, told the outlet. "I want to go to D.C. to restore America to what she once was."
In a separate interview with the Times-Picayune, he added: "If they have kicked the Almighty out of Washington, then who determines our rights? I'm concerned when we remove God as the anchor of our society."
Dasher's Twitter account, which has actively discussed social and political issues since he created it in 2012, describes him as "a Christian, conservative businessman, a father and candidate for Congress in Louisiana's Fifth District."
The "Duck Dynasty" crew's purported support is noteworthy considering that Willie Robertson, one of Phil Robertson's sons and Dasher's cousin, publicly backed McAllister in his 2013 special election run.
He even cut an ad for McAllister:
As TheBlaze previously noted, after McAllister was seen kissing a woman who was not his wife, Willie Robertson reportedly advised the congressman, a Christian who is married with five children, to handle the matter in “private.”
“Willie told me that he was a friend and that I needed to work things out privately,” McAllister told the Monroe News-Star in April.