‘Duck Dynasty’ Calls for Underdog in Louisiana Special

by Emily Cahn, Roll Call
November 14, 2013

A Louisiana businessman hopes support from the popular “Duck Dynasty” reality show family will be enough to propel him to victory over the heir apparent in Saturday’s special election in Louisiana’s 5th District.

But even with the burly, bearded Duck Commanders sounding the call to vote for Vance McAllister, the political newcomer faces an uphill battle against state Sen. Neil Riser. The GOP state lawmaker’s anti-Obamacare message, support from House leadership and fundraising prowess solidified his front-runner status in the race even before the primary last month.

“The first race was a popularity contest. This race is really about defining the issues in the race,” said Jason Hebert, former executive director of the Republican Party of Louisiana, who says he is neutral in this contest. “You’ve gotta offer a clear, concise contrast between yourself and your opponent.”

McAllister, a Republican, has been trotting out members of the Robertson family, whose duck hunting business is based in the northeastern Louisiana district. Most recently, Willie Robertson starred in a campaign spot, going straight-to-camera with a McAllister endorsement that will run Thursday through Saturday.

Meanwhile, Riser has flooded local airwaves with ads attacking his foe’s more moderate approach to fixing Obamacare. It’s a message Riser’s campaign hopes will halt McAllister’s momentum in this open-seat race.

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