'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.
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.
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