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'Duck Dynasty' relative running for Congress

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A nephew of "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson says he is running for the Louisiana congressional seat held by Vance McAllister, who was elected with the TV family's support and later was wrapped up in scandal when video surfaced showing him kissing a married staffer.

Zach Dasher, a 36-year-old Republican who never has run for office, said in a statement Monday announcing his candidacy for the Nov. 4 election that he opposed the federal health overhaul and abortion and supports a constitutional amendment requiring that Congress balance the budget.

"I got to looking around at the problems in politics today, and what I see in Washington, D.C., is no God. There is no God. The elite political class thinks they can be running our lives," he said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"I think there's a vacuum in D.C. of people who understand where rights come from. Rights don't come from men. They come from God."

McAllister initially said he would not seek re-election after the security video became public in April, but he's been less definitive recently, saying he'll make a decision by the August candidate sign-up period.

Dasher said his decision wasn't influenced by what happened with McAllister. He said he met with his extended family, including the stars of the A&E show, at cousin Al Robertson's home to discuss the congressional race. Dasher's mom is the sister of Phil and Silas "Uncle Si" Robertson.

"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," Dasher said. "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."

He said he expects the famous members of his family to be involved in his campaign.

Dasher said he's worked in the pharmaceutical industry and in real estate. He said he's taken an unpaid leave of absence from the biotech company where he worked to campaign for the 5th District seat.

Unlike McAllister, who paid for much of his campaign out of his own pocket, Dasher said he won't be self-funding his bid for office.

The 5th District covers all or part of 24 parishes, from northeast and central Louisiana into southeastern parishes bordering Mississippi.

Other announced candidates so far include: Harris Brown, a Republican businessman from Monroe; Ed Tarpley of Alexandria, a Republican and former Grant Parish district attorney; and Clay Grant, a Libertarian from Boyce.

State Sen. Neil Riser, a Republican who was defeated by McAllister in last year's runoff, said Monday that he wouldn't seek the seat this time around, though he had been the presumed front-runner if he jumped into the race.

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rockymtnhikerCo June 16 2014 at 7:20 PM

Oh geeze,not yet another bible totin,fake,hillbilly tea party candidate,i thought we were throught with them when George.W,Bonehead Bush left office

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dee lightner June 16 2014 at 6:40 PM

OMG! Is it just impossible to get some smart, mainstream people to run the country? Must we ALWAYS have nut cases, idiots, and those doing it out of greed?

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prgrsiv June 16 2014 at 6:51 PM

......one more bunch of clown to add to the TPGOP circus......sure to be a run on big red noses and over-sized shoes..... honk, honk........

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JERRY June 16 2014 at 7:16 PM

only in America, a duck hunter who encourages marriage to under age girls, becomes chummy with the moral majority.

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rohrscheibcroh JERRY June 16 2014 at 9:00 PM

oh when did this guy say that hm tell me when . that's right he didn't

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Margie Becker JERRY June 16 2014 at 11:28 PM

you are to stupid back in the 60 70 we all married young and stayed married , you on your 2nd or 3 rd marriage , he is not a freak we just married young with our steady we had in High school ,also he is not much older than Kay They were suited age just right, an being so young the man was certain a virgin something you probably never have , The old way was better they made families,,,that stayed together, We got married when i was 16 and he was 19 and we stayed marrie dover 50 years ,, Can you say that...

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kolblh June 16 2014 at 7:08 PM

Stay in the swamps boy, Washington will eat you up.

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MURPHYSLAW562 June 16 2014 at 8:20 PM

Amen to that we need God back in Washington and in America!!!!

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Wayne June 16 2014 at 6:36 PM

Hey Zach, maybe there is no God in Washington, as Jesus clearly stated that we should render unto God what is God's and to Caesar what is Caesar's. Jesus got it, God in the heart and home, and government in the marketplace.

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jjeff3712 Wayne June 16 2014 at 7:33 PM

That is an extremely weak analogy of thoose versuses. Christ is not a paccifist nor is it proper not to have Jesus on the job and especially in government if one is a Christian. Recall the parables of the vineyard owner and the money intrusted to three where the third hid the money in fear and ........

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josephpeter Wayne June 17 2014 at 10:48 AM

It's called "SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE" and that's the way it should be. All these bible thumpers need to get a life.

On this guy running, at least he shaves.......lol.

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paddyspets June 16 2014 at 7:40 PM

"I got to looking around at the problems in politics today, and what I see in Washington, D.C., is no God. There is no God. The elite political class thinks they can be running our lives," he said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"I think there's a vacuum in D.C. of people who understand where rights come from. Rights don't come from men. They come from God."

I think their is a vacuum in your head. Folks should be curious, at most, of people who believe they have a direct line to, are chummy with, or have a great one-on-one relationship with the universal power. And, for the big guy/girl to tell Clyde to shuffle on up to d.c. and do my bidding is truly a stretch. Good luck with that.

It will be great theater it true, though, as it winds its way along. camouflage, headband and/or stylish jd baseball cap and waders are the official campaign attire.

run, clyde, run. remember, god told you to.


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stengernc June 16 2014 at 7:39 PM

Hey why not, there are so many morons in Congress now why not add another. With a 16% approval rating, they all should be canned. Now the super rich Koch brothers are going to spend 300 million in this election to try and get more republican morons elected.

There is no more empathy for this country, its all about greed, lying, deceit, deception and prays to a God who no longer supports all the hypocrites.

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eagle6922 June 16 2014 at 7:33 PM

That's calling the kettle black.........Speaking of disgraced families.........The Robertsons'........Hey Phil!!!!!!!!!!Don't throw stones at GLASS HOUSES.........

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Carolyn eagle6922 June 17 2014 at 1:04 PM

At least Phil owns up to his sins - and doesn't try to hide them - he freely admits he did wrong and he has made amends to the people he hurt when he did - Can you say that about yourself? Or about other Washington figures - And he didn't try to shut people up with bribes either.

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