'Duck Dynasty' star too busy to run for Congress

'Redneck millionaire' Willie Robertson has a hit reality show and a business to run. He sure would make Congress more colorful.

By Jonathan Berr Aug 14, 2013 2:13PM
Willie Robertson on May 8, 2013 (© Jennifer Graylock/FilmMagic/Getty Images)Good news "Duck Dynasty" fans: Willie Robertson isn't running for Congress.

The star of the hit A&E realty show shot down speculation that he might run for office as a Republican in Louisiana's 5th Congressional District for the seat being vacated by GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander.

Earlier this week, the Washington Examiner noted that "some key Republican operatives are eager to woo" Robertson to run for Alexander's seat without identifying anyone in particular. Of course, speculation of a potential Robertson candidacy lit up the Twitterverse.

Robertson, a self-described "redneck millionaire," though, doesn't seem keen on the idea.

"I heard today that I was doing that," said Robertson, who's CEO of his family's game call business, during an interview yesterday on Fox News. "Yes, it's news to me. ... I have a lot going on."

Indeed he does. "Duck Dynasty" is a huge hit. During the season three finale in April, the show detailing the misadventures of the Robertsons attracted 9.6 million viewers. It beat "American Idol" among those ages 18-34, a coveted demographic for advertisers, by 32%. Season four's premiere is set for Wednesday night.

Moreover, Robertson's business is making a fortune from "Duck Dynasty." Among the items for sale on its website are a line of bobbleheads featuring the show's cast, many of whom also happen to be his relatives. The long, ZZ Top-like beards favored by the Robertsons are no doubt helping depress razor sales.

Robertson just doesn't seem the type who would give up his beloved Louisiana for what for many say is a thankless job in Washington and a salary of $174,000 per year, a substantial pay cut. Of course, some people in show business such as Arnold Schwarzenegger found the draw of political life irresistible.

Efforts to reach the Louisiana Republican Party and Robertson's company, which is known by the names Duck Commander and Buck Commander were not successful. A spokeswoman for A&E didn't respond to an email requesting for comment.

A&E is a joint venture between Walt Disney's (DIS) ABC and Hearst. Besides A&E, its other networks include History and Lifetime.

Jonathan Berr does not own shares of the listed stocks. Follow him on Twitter @jdberr.

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Dec 19, 2013 11:21AM
Dec 19, 2013 11:51AM
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HEY PHIL,   MY ENTIRE FAMILY IS WITH YOU..WE ADMIRE YOUR ENTERTAINMENT ON THE SHOW.  THIS GROUP THAT HAS CALLED YOU OUT, LET THEIR FEELINGS  CRUMBLE LIKE THEIR HOPE FOR PEACE AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.  i AM SURE THEY ARE NOT SECURE IN THEIR FUTURE. 

I WOULD SAY THAT YOUR ENTIRE DUCK CREW SHOULD PULL AWAY FROM A&E, I BELIEVE MANY MANY MANY AMERICANS WOULD BACK YOU.  ITS TIME THE TRUTH BE STATED AND IF SOMEONES FEELINGS GET HURT..LIKE MY DAD USED TO SAY "IF YOU CAN'T HACK THE MUSTARD...DON'T OPEN THE JAR"

Dec 19, 2013 8:44AM
Dec 19, 2013 11:18AM
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I hope Phil Robertson runs as a Independent! He has time now!
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Sir please run America needs to hear what you have to say!
Dec 19, 2013 12:23PM
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I am sure if  A&E  doesn't  want  the duck commander . he would have no trouble getting someone to host the show
Dec 19, 2013 9:53AM
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when told how to think a freedom is lost, this country was lost awhile back , not many accept the sodimite sickos
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I think after skeet shooting a few golf balls off the Capitol steps a few times he would have enough respect from Congress to get some things done....
Dec 19, 2013 1:04PM
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I would like to see every family that has any moral vaules left boycot anything A&E has to offer, Phils opinion is just that his Opinion. Peoples feelings get hurt only when they have been called out for doing something wrong, so if the LGBT community has done nothing wrong and being in a gay releationship is in fact  a nutural human trait then what are they complaining about? 
Dec 19, 2013 1:12PM
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I'd vote for him.  He's honest and has integrity...something most politicians have never heard of.
Dec 19, 2013 1:20PM
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Don't ruin your way of life and integrity by going to congress, home to low life lawyers and crooked doctors, as for Phil , we don't have a second amendment anymore thanks to the slimy, bottom feeder ACLU lawyers. A&E is so paranoid, spineless and ball less, they would never stick up for anything. But sshow me the money is their motto. Hey guys leave these cowards and go elsewhere, you will be picked up in a moment. As for the pole sitters and lap lickers get a life, everyone doesn't like your kinky, pathetic way of life.
Dec 19, 2013 10:28AM
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I think he should run, hell, Congress is one job where experience is not required, just a willingness to be controlled and follow the party line.
Dec 19, 2013 8:07PM
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I discovered this show two years ago and what impressed me was that each episode ends with the family gathered at a meal and Phil says grace.

If A&E lacks the testicular fortitude  to support one of it's employees then we must  boycott all the ads on A&E as well as the sister networks, just turn down the sound when each ad airs.

I could go on but I'm too pissed that A&E has caved to the lefty minority mouthbreathers.

Dec 19, 2013 7:20PM
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phil run for president i'm with you alan
Dec 19, 2013 8:13PM
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America,The greatest country on earth.Where the son of a whore (from Kenya) can grew up to be president,and get away with it.Willie could possibly save this nation with truth and love.A real change.
Dec 19, 2013 10:04PM
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I can not believe that we have allowed out country to become what it is.  I am afraid for my children.  Things are changing so fast and for the worst.  Think about what a huge deal it was when Ellen came out on TV, now every channel you look at you have to witness gay relationships. Personally I could care less who someone has a relationship with. But, for someone not to be able to speak their minds because you have to be worried about how everyone else feels is ridiculous. What about the people who do see things like Phil, the networks don't worry about how they feel when they include that in their programming.  I stand beside Phil!  Every one has the right to their opinion!!! If the gay community doesn't like it, they can simply not support anything to deal with Duck Dynasty. That seems the smartest thing to do. Not to punish all the MILLIONS of people who love to watch their good wholesome family show!
Dec 19, 2013 10:08PM
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PHIL HAS A RIGHT FOR HIS OPINION HE MAYBE WRONG OR RIGHT ..BUT SHOULD NOT BE THROWN OFF THE SHOW  FOR THAT .............
Dec 19, 2013 9:48PM
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I think all of the Robertsons should tell A&E they feel the same way as Phil and let them put the complete show on hiatus. What would that do to their almighty ratings. I am more that PROUD of Phil for stating his opinion. To GOD be the Glory.
Dec 19, 2013 10:04PM
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Phil, I'll miss the hell out of watching the program with my family but don't compromise your beliefs just to pacify A&E......and the disgusting agenda behind this. Tell them to stick it and maybe I'll be lucky enough to share a morning in a blind with you one day.
Dec 19, 2013 10:24PM
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wow, just like that, they took away his right to free speech, maybe he needs a talk show on fox where he can talk all he wants.
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