On Saturday, Vance McAllister won election to the House of Representatives to represent Louisiana's Fifth District. He didn't have the backing of the Tea Party or of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Instead, he had the backing of (and ads from) Willie Robertson, star of A&E's Duck Dynasty, a reality show about a family that earned a fortune selling duck calls. The Duck Political Dynasty has begun.
Robertson himself was considered a possible candidate for the seat earlier this year, or so Twitter rumors had it. On Fox's The Five in August, he denied the rumors, saying that he was "kinda busy" with his television show and robust merchandising empire. ("Loyal fans of the Duck Dynasty family will relish this collection of inspirational messages for each day of the year.")
In the grand tradition of America's wealthy (and Louisiana), Robertson decided instead to play kingmaker. Or, at least, he's getting credit for McAllister's win. In October, McAllister made it to a run-off election, coming in a distant second to the establishment candidate, State Sen. Neil Riser. McAllister was the beneficiary of a massive swing in the vote: from an 18-point deficit in October to a 20-point victory, on Saturday. Ads like the one at right from McAllister certainly didn't hurt.