Reality TV Star Willie Robertson (better known as the big boss man and CEO on the hit A&E series Duck Dynasty) is currently having his name thrown around as being groomed for Louisiana’s 5th district seat, which is up for special election on October 19th.
The seat was held by Republican Rodney Alexander, who last week announced his retirement effective in September due to mounting frustration with the political posturing and slow progress in Washington.
While Robertson has yet to confirm or deny if there is any truth to the rumors, he has certainly had some fun with the story.
Appearing Tuesday on Fox News’ “The Five,” he was grilled towards the end of his segment by the hosts, and the best response he had to give was “I’m kinda busy right now” with a slight chuckle. But that response has done nothing to squash the rumors as the circus now surrounding him is only continuing to fan the flames.
There is talk that many GOP insider strategists are pushing hard for the idea to break him into the world of politics. Let’s face it, it’s not as if they couldn’t use a friendly, popular face to breathe some much needed life into a less than stellar stable of party leaders. Anything has to be better than Paul Ryan or Rand Paul, right? All kidding aside though, Willie Robertson would be a big name to get the base pumped and even get the teabaggers excited again. Because, as we all know, there’s nothing more entertaining in politics than seeing teabaggers get excited.
Even if he does toss his name into the hat he will have some competition in Senator Neil Riser and Alexander’s former chief of staff Adam Terry, though Robertson would be a likely favorite for the 5th district seat that includes the City of Monroe.
The city is the eighth largest in the State of Louisiana and is home to Duck Commander and Buck Commanders HQ, where Robertson and his family have built the multi-million dollar corporations from the ground up. Not to mention the national popularity of the show, which has spawned more profits through merchandising deals with Wal-Mart and Bass Pro Shops nationwide.
In the past he has been seen hob-knobbing with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, which only lends credence to the speculation that he may be considering a cross-over into a political career someday. Don’t forget, he was also drafted earlier this year to be on the ballot for the NRA’s Board of Directors, and his Christian faith and gun ownership advocacy would be some key issues the GOP would without a doubt love to have him lend his voice to.
With all that being said, don’t let the beard fool you. He could be in line to be the next celebrity to make the jump into politics and he very well could be successful given the right political climate, but there are a lot of things in his professional life that he would no doubt have to answer to if he were to consider making the jump into politics.
The biggest issue to me is his affiliation with a corporation like Wal-Mart. There would be lots of questions to answer as to why he would promote his business through a company that is single-handedly destroying the lives of many of its workforce while showing no remorse in reaping profits from the merchandising deal. All this while thumping his bible and being a supposed follower of Christ. I don’t see how anyone could claim to be a follower of such teachings and be involved with a corporation like Wal-Mart, which has done everything possible to keep workers from accessing affordable healthcare through cutting hours. Not to mention their continuing gender bias and unbalanced wages for women, and even taking life insurance policies out against their workers and collecting should they die while employed.
This is reprehensible behavior and the self-described “Redneck Millionaire” seems to have no issue with it. Could it be that his bottom line is more important than those workers and families who suffer at the hands of Wal-Mart? Nah, not Willie!
It’s clear he would do well to go back and check on some of the teachings of Jesus and he might begin to reconsider some of the things his name is associated with. But let’s not kid ourselves here. While he may be presented as a great guy on the TV show and I will admit I’m entertained by it, it’s clear that anything beyond his fingertips just isn’t of his concern. I don’t believe for one second that will sit well with the younger generation in this country when and if he starts influencing legislation.
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