'Duck Dynasty' star called on by GOP to run for open Louisiana Congress seat: report

Dylan Stableford
Yahoo! News
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ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 7: Willie Robertson of the television show "Duck Dynasty' waits to throw out the first pitch prior a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins at Busch Stadium on July 7, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Marlins 3-2. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

From duck calls to ... roll calls?

A "Duck Dynasty" star is apparently being eyed by Republican lawmakers in Louisiana as a possible congressional candidate.

According to the Washington Examiner, some "key" GOP operatives are hoping to woo Willie Robertson — CEO of the West Monroe, La.-based game call and hunting companies Duck Commander and Buck Commander and one of the stars of the A&E reality series — to run for the 5th District seat currently held by Rodney Alexander, a Republican who plans to leave at the end of September for a post in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's cabinet.

"My boys want to run Willie Robertson for the seat," a "key outside adviser to House GOP leadership" told the newspaper.

There's no indication, however, that Robertson, a 41-year-old self-described "redneck millionaire," is interested in public office.

But even if he was, there's no guarantee he'd make a good candidate. For every successful celebrity-turned-politician (Sen. Al Franken, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, President Ronald Reagan) there's an ill-conceived, or at least ill-timed, bid for public office, as was the case recently with Ashley Judd, who was reportedly considering a run for Senate in Kentucky.

"Duck Dynasty," which follows Robertson's family business, drew 9.6 million viewers for its third season finale in April and was the highest-rated telecast in A&E history. Its fourth season begins on Wednesday.