'Duck Dynasty' relative running for Congress

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'Duck Dynasty' relative running for Congress
Korie Robertson, left, and Willie Robertson from "Duck Dynasty" arrive at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)
ABC NEWS SPECIAL - BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS: THE 10 MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE OF THE YEAR, a new 90-minute special highlighting some of the years most prominent names in entertainment and pop culture, will air WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18 (9:30-11:00 pm, ET), on the ABC Television Network. After its beginning 20 years ago, this Special will be the final Most Fascinating People Special from Ms. Walters. The Number 1 most fascinating person will be announced on the program. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) THE ROBERTSON FAMILY, CAST OF DUCK DYNASTY, BARBARA WALTERS
Duck Dynasty's Korie Robertson, Willie Robertson, Si Robertson and Jase Robertson during the Star-Spangled Banner before the rain delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson speaks during a rally opposing the Iran nuclear deal outside the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
From left, Phil Robertson, Si Robertson, and Jase Robertson in "Duck Dynasty."
From left, Jep Robertson, Si Robertson, and Willie Robertson, from the A&E series "Duck Dynasty," at the Sherri Hill Fashion Show, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in New York. The Robertsons attended to support Willie's daughter Sadie Robertson who modeled several outfits for the show. (AP Photo/Starpix, Marion Curtis)
Miss Kay Robertson, left, and Phil Robertson renewing their vows in a scene from the the season 4 premiere of "Duck Dynasty."
Willie Robertson, left, and his wife Korie Robertson in a scene from "Duck Dynasty."
Phil Robertson from the popular series "Duck Dynasty." Robertson was suspended last week for disparaging comments he made to GQ magazine about gay people. (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)
From left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson.
Phil Robertson, flanked by his sons Jase Robertson, left, and Willie Robertson. (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)
Phil Robertson leaves the White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, La. on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
 Phil Robertson and his catchphrase "Happy, Happy, Happy" displayed at the Duck Commander store in West Monroe, La. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade In New York City. © 2013 cast of A&E's Duck Dynasty © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: Jessica Robertson (L) and Jep Robertson of Duck Dynasty attend the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: TV personalities Silas Merritt 'Si' Robertson, WIllie Robertson and Jep Robertson of Duck Dynasty attend the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: The cast of 'Duck Dynasty' Si Robertson, Jep Robertson and Willie Robertson visit 'Fox And Friends' at Fox News Studios on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 08: (L-R) Jessica Robertson, Jep Robertson, Korie Robertson, Willie Robertson of 'Duck Dynasty' and musician Tim McGraw speak onstage during Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night presented by the Academy of Country Music at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)
"Duck Dynasty" cast members Jep Robertson and wife Jessica Robertson attend the A+E Networks 2013 Upfront on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
ABC NEWS SPECIAL - BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS: THE 10 MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE OF THE YEAR, a new 90-minute special highlighting some of the years most prominent names in entertainment and pop culture, will air WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18 (9:30-11:00 pm, ET), on the ABC Television Network. After its beginning 20 years ago, this Special will be the final Most Fascinating People Special from Ms. Walters. The Number 1 most fascinating person will be announced on the program. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) THE ROBERTSON FAMILY, CAST OF DUCK DYNASTY, BARBARA WALTERS
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: The cast of Duck Dynasty speaks onstage during the 47th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, Si Robertson and Jase Robertson before the rain delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)
'Duck Dynasty' reality TV celebrity Jase Robertson watches in the second half of an NCAA college football game between LSU and Mississippi in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. LSU won 10-7. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Willie Robertson from the TV show Duck Dynasty walks on the field before before an NCAA college football game between LSU and Florida in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
The Duck Dynasty clan looks on during the national anthem before the rain delayed start to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer)
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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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