Skip to comments.Phil Robertson Ducks US Senate Run, Despite Poll Suggesting He'd Win
Posted on 02/13/2014 11:10:18 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Hopes that "Duck Dynasty" fans may have had in seeing the show head to Washington have been dashed after Alan Robertson said that his father Phil Robertson had no interest in running for Senate.
After a poll released earlier this week suggested that the Duck Commander founder could be a formidable competitor against current Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), his son quickly shot down any speculation that his father, 67, would be willing to run.
"While Phil is humbled and honored that so many fellow Louisianans have confidence in him, he has no interest in running for public office," Alan told The Hill in an email. "He is interested in helping the electorate know more about the gospel of Christ, so they, in turn, can elect more godly men and women to serve and lead our great country."
According to a Democratic poll from Tuesday, Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), lagged behind Landrieu by one percentage point. In contrast, Phil beat Landrieu by five points, garnering 46 percent of the votes to her 41 percent.
The poll also suggests that despite national controversy in December about comments Phil made with regard to homosexuality and race, for which A&E suspended him from his reality television show for over a week, have had little effect on how the Louisiana esteems the businessman.
While Cassidy's numbers were lower than Robertson's, many interpreted them as sign that the race was a dead heat.
"The Louisiana Senate is a sheer toss up now," Public Policy Polling President Dean Debnam said in a press release. "The difficulties with the launch of Obamacare seem to have really taken a toll on Mary Landrieu's standing."
Cassidy is running against current state representative Paul Hollis and retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness. Some have speculated that former Louisiana politician and current Family Research Council President Tony Perkins may run.
Landrieu has been in office since 1997 and currently holds a 37 percent approval rating, a major drop from her August 2013 numbers that gave the senator a 46 percent approval score.
This is not the first time that a Robertson family member has been bandied about as a possible political contender.
Last summer, Alan told KNOE 8 that his brother was unlikely to run, but will keep the possibility open. "I don't think Willie will be running," he said, "but with him, you never know!"
Good. God Bless Phil, but popularity on a TV show doesn’t guarantee a good Senator.
After all, look at Al Franken...
Robertson is smart enough to recognise that, which already makes him a more viable candidte in my eyes than 99% of the jokers up there now. Some men have to have greatness thrust upon them.
Is the Louisiana GOP so desperate that Phil Robertson is the best that they can do?
The buffoons and girlymen on Capitol Hill aren’t ready for Phil Robertson. They’d be going through Depends by the boatload every time he showed up.
The problem is that Cassidy is a lousy candidate and we need someone better (and the folks in LA recognize that).
Couldn't find better.
Long time until LA holds their primary election on Nov. 4, 2014. Hopefully a strong
candidate can surface to provide Landrieu a ticket back home.
Landrieu was just elected to the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Committee. Energy production is a large section of the Louisiana economy and
thus she’ll tout this as her ticket to being elected.
“Is the Louisiana GOP so desperate that Phil Robertson is the best that they can do”
I think that Phil is the prototypical Senate candidate that our founding fathers envisioned at the birth of our country.
“I think that Phil is the prototypical Senate candidate that our founding fathers envisioned at the birth of our country”
He’s the Davy Crockett of the 21st Century.
I have a mental picture of him calling the House to order with a duck call.
I beg to differ. Robertson is probably the prototypical House of Representative candidate that the founders envisioned.
Under the original Constitution, before the 17th amendment senators were elected by state legislatures. That is not a method that encourages Citizen lawmakers, but seasoned politicians. Seasoned politicians that represented the various states, not as Super Representatives as we have today.
Al Franken was a fool off and on television. Phil’s NOT...
I’d vote for him... why do you think there’s so many people better? Have you looked at the average politician lately?
Phil probably found out about the coat/tie requirement and that tore it with him. A local NE OK Congressman, Rep. Mullin, owns a plumbing business and has said the coat/tie requirement doesn’t really fit his usual style.
Willie would run...for sure!
Well, to be fair, Franken wasn’t popular on TV either.
Phil turned down the NFL because it would interfere with his hunting...How do you think he’d feel about how politics would interfere???*LOL*
Yeah, but I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts that he knows more about the U.S. Constitution and the Bible than 75% of the Senators up there now. Not saying knowing the Bible is a requirement, but it's a heck of a good qualification.
I’m glad to see he dropped out... Can anyone really imagine Phil and his family trapped in that Beltway cesspool?