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Several Republican strategists are pushing Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson to run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Rodney Alexander in September, according to a new report.
A well-liked conservative Willie Robertson may be the next pop culture icon to jump into politics, a new report claims.
Willie Robertson is receiving intense interest from several Washington operatives as a potential future Congressman, the Washington Examiner reported.
Republican strategists are pushing Willie Robertson to run for the seat currently held by Republican Rodney Alexander, who is slated to retire in September to take a job in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet.
A special election will be held to fill the open seat in September.
Several Republican strategists are pushing Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson to run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Rodney Alexander in September
“My boys want to run Willie Robertson for the seat,” a key advisor to House GOP leadership told the Examiner.
The seat represents the state’s fifth district, which includes Willie Robertson’s home city of Monroe, where he and his brothers own and run popular hunting companies Duck Commander and Buck Commander, which are at the center of Duck Dynasty reality show.
But the stars of the show, among cable’s most watched programs, also devote time to a message of Christian faith, family values and the right to bear arms — all themes that would fit in well with a possible Republican campaign.
Willie Robertson, along with his brothers, has expanded his national profile in recent months, spending part of the summer on the Christian lecture circuit at events with Rick Warren, Tim Tebow and Sarah Palin. Earlier this year, he was even drafted to be included on the ballot for the NRA’s board of directors
But despite Willie Robertson’s rising star, some GOP insiders remain skeptical over his ability to cross over into politics.
“Why would a multimillionaire TV sensation give up that work to run for a congressional seat,” another prominent GOP strategist told the Examiner.
“I think it is a D.C. thing right now.”
Duck Dynasty stars Si Robertson and his nephew, Willie Robertson, will leave their Louisiana stomping grounds to make their acting debut on ABC’s Last Man Standing.
Uncle Si and Willie Robertson will help kick off the comedy’s third season premiering Friday, September 20 at 8/7c.
Uncle Si and Willie Robertson will make their acting debut as guest stars on ABC’s Last Man Standing
ABC didn’t reveal the nature of their guest roles.
Starring Tim Allen as Mike, a man’s man surrounded by all women – his wife and three daughters – who challenge him constantly on his ideas of men and women’s roles in society and the home.
Also starring Nancy Travis, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever, Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders, Flynn Morrison and Hector Elizondo, Last Man Standing was renewed for a third season in May.
Meanwhile, Duck Dynasty has become A&E’s most popular show. Its Season 3 finale in April drew 9.6 million viewers.
Berlin Raceway officials conjured up a special paint scheme for Duck Dynasty Night in Marne, Michigan.
Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson: “This car is awesome. It looks really good. They did a great job wrapping it. I’m impressed. I wasn’t expecting that.”
When Duck Dynasty Season 3 wrapped up on the A&E network in April, about 9.6 million viewers tuned in, making it the year’s No. 1 nonfiction cable TV series.
Willie Robertson, the CEO of Duck Commander, the duckcalling business that serves as the centerpiece for this series, is not surprised by what has happened, given that, despite all the beards on all the male family members, the show is very clean-cut.
Berlin Raceway officials conjured up a special paint scheme for Duck Dynasty Night in Marne
“I think it’s the family values in the show,” Willie Robertson said prior to making an appearance at Berlin Raceway on Saturday for Duck Dynasty Night.
“It’s funny, it’s well done, and if you put those things together, I’m thinking America was really wanting that.
“We kind of stood out in the crowd, and a lot of people have been watching that, that’s for sure.”
The show, however, is not just about Willie Robertson. His brother, Jase, is a key figure, as are his father, Phil, and Uncle Si. Willie Robertson’s wife, Korie, and his mother, Miss Kay, help keep the house in order while the boys are busy doing what they do on the weekly series.
There will be a new addition or this season, which premieres August 14. Younger brother Alan, the preacher at the church where the Robertsons are members, will be joining his bearded brothers on a semi-regular basis.
“Al is really funny as well, and hopefully he will be on the show more,” Willie Robertson said.
“People will get to see our beardless brother.”
By the time Willie and Korie Robertson and Justin Martin, one of Duck Commander’s more popular employees who is often the butt of jokes because of his girth, began signing autographs on Saturday, hundreds of people were lined up under the Berlin Raceway grandstands to meet the beards.
Duck Dynasty’s Willie and Korie Robertson have five kids: John Luke, Will, Bella, Rebecca, and Sadie.
The eldest Robertson child is also the newest to the family, Rebecca. Rebecca came to the Robertsons as an exchange student from Taiwan, but then became their foster daughter.
Willie and Korie Robertson with their five kids, Sadie, Will, Rebecca, John Luke and Bella
John Luke is the eldest boy and the one who has been on Duck Dynasty most often. We’ve seen John Luke on a date (chaperoned by grandfather, Phil Robertson), playing video games with cousin Cole, and generally hanging around the house during filming.
Sadie’s been right in the middle of Duck Dynasty, too. We’ve seen her cook with her grandmother, Miss Kay, and climb under the house for her granddad, Phil. But, getting driving lessons from Uncle Si provided her most memorable screen time.
Will was the third Robertson child to join the family, adopted at birth before Bella was born and before Rebecca joined the family. Will shows up on camera now and then, but we haven’t heard much from him yet.
And then there’s the youngest, Bella. Let’s hope we get a chance to get to know her on the show, too.
In one of this year’s episodes of Duck Dynasty, Uncle Si Robertson got mad and quit Duck Commander.
Si Robertson felt like he was not appreciated enough. He couldn’t find his tea glass and that was the final straw.
Si Robertson decided to quit Duck Commander after he couldn’t find his tea glass
Uncle Si wanted help and nobody jumped up to help him finding his tea glass. So he just said: “I quit!”
Si Robertson decided to help his older brother Phil working at the property so he could still make money, but he would not be at Duck Commander anymore.
Willie Robertson, the Duck Commander CEO, even went as far as to hire someone to replace Uncle Si even though everyone knows that he won’t stay gone forever. Of course that didn’t last long and Uncle Si Robertson was back at Duck Commander. He even got a raise to come back to work!
Fans of Duck Dynasty will get a special treat this holiday season when the Robertson family release their own Christmas album.
Universal Music Group Nashville announced that the album, called Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, will hit stores October 29.
The Duck Dynasty family has been in a Darius Rucker music video. They’ve hung out with Kellie Pickler, they’ve been to two CMT Music Awards shows, they are good buddies with Jason Aldean.
“A Robertson family Christmas album,” said Korie Robertson.
“And the title is, you can probably guess it, Duck the Halls.”
“The whole family’s going to be involved. It will be kind of a variety show-style music CD, and we got some surprises for you, so I think it’ll be a lot fun.”
Fans of Duck Dynasty will get a special treat this holiday season when the Robertson family release their own Christmas album
“We do have some special guests, but we’re not announcing them yet,” she added.
“Got some things in the works and hopefully we’ll let y’all know about that pretty soon.”
Duck Dynasty follows the lives of the Louisiana-based Robertson family and their multi-million dollar company Duck Commander – a fabricator of top-of-the-line duck calls and decoys.
The family grew up singing in church and has many musical members who will be showcasing their talents on the album.
“Faith, family and ducks – in that order – have always been our priorities,” said reality star Willie Robertson, the CEO of Duck Commander.
He added: “Christmas is an important holiday for us not only because of our strong faith but also our holiday family traditions. We’re having a great time making this album. We hope you enjoy it.”
Duck Dynasty‘s Willie Robertson wrote a hilarious, behind-the-scenes book about hunting, faith, family, and ducks.
The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty by Willie Robertson gives readers an up-close and personal, behind-the-scenes look at the family in the exploding A&E show – Duck Dynasty.
Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson wrote a hilarious, behind-the-scenes book about hunting, faith, family, and ducks
The Louisiana bayou family operates Duck Commander, a booming family business that has made them millions. You’ll hear all about the Robertson clan from Willie and what it was like growing up in the Robertson household. You’ll sample some of Willie Roberttson’s favorite family recipes from Phil, Kay, and even some of his own concoctions; and you’ll get to know the beautiful Robertson women. You’ll hear from Korie Robertson about the joys and hardships of raising a family, running a business, and wrangling the Robertson men while staying fashionable and beautiful inside and out. You will discover more about the family dynamics between brothers Willie, Jase, Jep, and parents Phil and Kay. You’ll even meet a fourth brother who isn’t in the show.
The popularity of Duck Dynasty is skyrocketing, garnering a Wednesday-night top two finish in all of cable.
Duck Dynasty’s reality star Sadie Robertson has an estimated net worth of $100,000.
Sadie Robertson, 16, was born in Louisiana, and is the daughter of Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson and his wife Korie.
Sadie Robertson is the daughter of Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson and his wife Korie
She is one of five children in her family.
Sadie Robertson’s entire family is featured on the A&E reality series, Duck Dynasty. The series revolves around Phil Robertson, the creator of the Duck Commander duck call and the owner and founder the Duck Commander store, and his family and employees. The series has aired on A&E for three seasons, and has been a steady ratings winner.
Sadie Robertson’s parents met each other when they were in the third and fourth grade, and are now the CEO and Office Manager of the Duck Commander Corporation.
Though not originally from a hunting family, Korie Robertson fit in with the Duck Dynasty’s family right away.
Korie Robertson, née Howard, was born on October 24, 1973 and is Willie’s wife and business partner. She also graduated from Harding University. She is the office manager of Duck Commander.
Duck Dynasty’s Korie Robertson is Willie’s wife and business partner
As Willie Robertson’s wife and business partner, she helped him grow the company into an ever-expanding enterprise. As the Duck Commander office manager Korie Robertson has to make her presence known in order to keep the workshop from turning into a funhouse. She met Willie Robertson in third grade and when he asked her to go on a moonlit hike at summer camp. He was 4th grade.
Korie and Willie Robertson got married on January 11, 1992, a year after high school, when she was 18 and he was 19.
Korie and Willie Robertson have five children: John Luke, Sadie, an adopted son named Will (called “Lil Will” on the show), Bella and Rebecca (formerly an exchange student from Taiwan now their adopted daughter).
Willie Jess Robertson is the CEO and resident prankster of Duck Commander and is best known for his appearances on the hit TV show Duck Dynasty.
He lives in West Monroe, Louisiana, with his wife Korie Robertson and their five children.
Willie was born on April 22, 1972 to Phil Robertson and Marsha Kay Robertson. He is the third oldest brother of Jase, Jep, and Alan Robertson.
As the only one with the business degree, Willie Robertson took the company from a living room operation down by the river to a premiere destination for all things outdoors. He says he honed his skills as a salesman by selling his freshly caught fish at the market with his mom as a young boy. Even then he was always working to negotiate the best price. While Willie Robertson says “being a redneck millionaire has its perks,” including buying new trucks, gadgets and swanky suits, working with kin can be a headache.
As a child, Willie Robertson grew up around hunting and the great outdoors, as well as a small business ran by his father, Duck Commander. As a boy, Willie Robertson handled a myriad of tasks at the company, including building duck calls, and even handling business calls.
Ever since childhood Willie Robertson and his brothers have been interested in the family business started by their father Phil Robertson.
Willie Jess Robertson is the CEO and resident prankster of Duck Commander
Willie Robertson used his business degree from Harding University to take Duck Commander from a family business to a multi-million dollar empire. Duck Commander is the company that generated a great portion of the wealth that he has acquired, and also generated the interest to start the TV show, Duck Dynasty. In 2006, Willie Robertson started another pursuit when he started the company Buck Commander. This company has also created the Buckmen series of DVD’s and the television show Buck Commander: Protected by Under Armour on the Outdoor Channel.
On Duck Dynasty, Willie Robertson is one of the main characters of the show, alongside his brothers Jase, and Jep, his father Phil, and uncle Silas. He is main narrator, and often is the peacekeeper of his business.
Willie Robertson tries to see that as much business gets as done as possible, only to be challenged by his brothers and uncle. His brothers and Uncle Si chastise him for being too busy, but he sees it as necessary for their way of life. From time to time, however, Willie Robertson will participate in the mischief of his coworkers and family.
He is also known for his Christian Faith, and goes about preaching and bringing people to Christ. He is also almost always seen wearing a bandana in the pattern of an American flag on his head, and often wears a white jacket to look more professional.
Willie Robertson is estimated to be worth about $10 millions and is also well known for his ZZ Top style beard.
Si Robertson is one of the stars of A&E’s newest hit show Duck Dynasty and is the younger brother of family patriarch Phil Robertson who was the original inventor and founder of the Duck Commander company.
Si Robertson is an army veteran who served in Vietnam, retired from the army in 1993 and went to work full time for Duck Commander where he designs the reeds for all the duck calls.
On Duck Dynasty, Si Robertson can be seen with his nephew Willie Robertson and the entire Duck Commander family.
“I’m the master of distractions. Do a couple of hand gestures, and bam! I’ll take the underwear clean off your butt.”
“Calling your girlfriend your <<lady friend>> is a great way to let everyone know you both met on Craigslist.”
“I live by my own rules (reviewed, revised, and approved by my wife).. but still my own.”
“Some people say I’m a dreamer, others say, <<If you fall asleep at work again we’re going to have to let you go>>.”
“Ford F150, Chevy Silverado, Dodge Ram, Toyota Tundra. As a married man, these are the only pickup lines I am allowed to use.”
“First it’s pretty tires, then it’s pretty guns…next thing you know, you’re shavin’ your beard and wearin’ capri pants.”
“A beaver is about like the ninjas… the suckers only work at night and they’re hard to find.”
Si Robertson is one of the stars of A&E’s newest hit show Duck Dynasty and is the younger brother of family patriarch Phil Robertson
“That’s a fact JACK!!!!!!”
“Hey, I’m like Aretha Franklin, I don’t get no R -S -P -E -C -T around here!”
“I know every square inch of this place like I know the back of my ham.”
“One time, hey, in high school this girl told me, hey, its not you, its me.. Ofcourse its you, you dang HEFFER!”
“I’m so dope, I am illegal in 50 states! (stating how good he looks up dressed up).”
“I sting like a butterfly and punch like a flea.”
“These boys packed so much stuff, Hey, they could survive a zombie, nuclear, a-poca-liss”
“I may not use any of this stuff but hey look I can sell it on Greg’s List!”
”Plenty of fish in the sea…stingray…gamma ray…ray-ban…”
“Look here beavers you better hide your wife hide your husband and both of you hide your kids we’re coming.”
“I’m the master of distractions. A couple of hand gestures and BAM! I’ll pull the underwear clean of your butt.”
All Duck Dynasty’s lovable, sweet tea-swilling couples are anchored by long-standing, rock-solid marriages.
The Robertson couples – from patriarch and matriarch Phil and Kay on down to their sons and daughters-in-law – are definitely having and holding, for richer and for poorer , in sickness and in health, for as long as they both shall live.
Check out how these happily married couples met, long before they were featured on hit A&E reality series Duck Dynasty.
Willie Robertson and Korie
Willie and Korie met at summer camp when they were in fourth and third grade, respectively.
Willie and Korie Robertson
“We were on a hike and I asked her to hold hands,” Willie Robertson told AskMen.
“We went to different schools – I was in public and she was in private – but we’d see each other in the Christian youth group during the year.”
They married a year after high school, and Willie Robertson doesn’t regret tying the knot at such a young age.
“That way you don’t have all the baggage. All our memories are together. Everything we have, we built together.”
Perhaps their five kids – three biological, two adopted – will take his advice. The eldest two, John Luke and Sadie, are high schoolers who are dating.
Now married for more than 21 years, Willie Robertson credits his wife for the family business’s success.
“In the early days, it was her encouragement that got me to start thinking about how to expand the business,” Willie Robertson said.
“Had I not been married to her, I never would have done anything that I’ve done today.”
The men of Duck Dynasty reality show all sport awesomely wild and bushy beards, but there was a time in the distant past when you could see their faces before they grew in the shaggy facial hair.
Willie Robertson without beard
Left: Willie Robertson is all business in the front and party in the back as a student at Louisiana State University.
Right: Nowadays, Willie Robertson is the CEO of Duck Commander. As the only Robertson with a business degree, he took the company from a living room operation down by the river to a premiere destination for all things outdoors. Willie Robertson says “being a redneck millionaire has its perks,” including buying new trucks, gadgets, and swanky suits, working with kin can be a headache.
Turning small business owners into stars has become a winning formula for television producers, but some businesses featured in them are cashing in, too.
Sales explode after just a few episodes air, transforming these nearly unknown small businesses into household names.
In addition to earning a salary from starring in the shows, some small business owners are benefiting financially from opening gift shops that sell souvenirs or getting involved in other ventures that spawn from their new-found fame.
Duck Commander, seen in Duck Dynasty reality show, is having trouble controlling the crowds in front of its headquarters in the small city of West Monroe, Louisiana.
“Sometimes it’s hard getting from the truck to the front door,” says Willie Robertson, who owns Duck Commander with his father and stars in the A&E series with his extended family.
It’s a big change for a company that sells duck calls out of a part-brick, part-cinder block warehouse on a dry, dead-end country road. Duck hunters use the whistles, which mimic duck sounds, to attract their prey.
Since Duck Dynasty began airing in March 2012, Willie Robertson finds at least 70 people waiting in front of the warehouse every morning asking for autographs and photos. Neighbors have complained about the mobs and the police have been called.
Despite the trouble, the show has been good for the family business. Sales of the company’s duck calls, which range from $20 to $175, have skyrocketed. In 2011, the company sold 60,000 duck calls. In 2012, the year the show began airing, the company sold 300,000.
Duck Dynasty is the most watched documentary-style reality series on TV right now
“We saw a big difference as the Nielsen ratings went up,” says Willie Robertson.
Their income from doing the show may be going up along with the ratings. Duck Dynasty is the most watched documentary-style reality series on TV right now, according to Nielsen, which provides information and insight into what consumers watch and buy. April’s one-hour season three finale was watched by 9.6 million people, making it the most watched program in A&E’s 29-year history. The Hollywood Reporter reported that the cast of the show is demanding a raise to $200,000 an episode to do a fourth season. Both the network and Willie Robertson had no comment on the report.
Cameras follow Willie Robertson and his family as they make duck calls, hunt or go camping. One episode showed Willie Robertson trying to prove to his dad, brother and uncle that he could spend a night in a tent during a camping trip. (Willie Robertson ends up bringing a big recreational vehicle and is ridiculed for it. “Once you bring something with wheels that’s enclosed, you’re no longer camping. You’re parking,” says Willie Robertson’s brother, Jace Robertson, in the episode.)
Duck Commander hired five more people to keep up with rising sales. Every duck call has to be put together by hand.
“It’s like a musical instrument,” says Willie Robertson.
“Each one needs to be blown into it to make sure it works.”
To stop the crowds from disrupting business, and to make extra cash, Willie Robertson opened a gift shop inside the Duck Commander warehouse.
“It keeps the people out of my lobby,” he says. The shop sells duck calls, Duck Commander T-shirts and bobble head dolls that look like Willie Robertson, his dad, uncle and brother, complete with their long beards.
It appears the menu at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner failed to impress the stars of Duck Dynasty reality show.
The culinary review of Willie and Korie Robertson, who sat pretty close to President Barack Obama at the WHCD, was very underwhelming, reports TMZ.
Check the entire menu and see why the A&E stars were disappointed.
The culinary review of Willie and Korie Robertson, who sat pretty close to President Barack Obama at the WHCD, was very underwhelming
WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS DINNER MENU 2013:
Salad: Orange and Beet Terrine With Shaved Chard, Fennel and Pistachios, Topped with Jumbo Crabmeat, Green Chili and Ginger Mayo
Bread: Seven Grain Rolls, Sourdough Rolls, White and Wheat Rolls, Flatbreads and Butter
Entrée: Broiled Petite Filet with Béarnaise Sauce, Paired with Poached Halibut with Sun Dried Tomato Chutney, Onion Marmalade Soufflé Whipped Potatoes, Seasonal Baby Vegetables
Dessert: Lord Baltimore Cake, Yellow Cake with Almonds, Brandied Cherries, Macaroon Crumbs, Encased in a Fluffy Meringue
Beverages: Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee … Variety of Regular and Herbal Teas
Wines: Estancia Chardonnay, Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon.
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