As Western Journalism reported last month, there has been significant speculation regarding the likelihood of a Robertson family member seeking a seat in the U.S. House. A cousin of reality star Willie Robertson, Zach Dasher became a newsmaker in his own right after making some statements that resonated with conservative voters in Louisiana’s 5th District and beyond.
“We know our rights don’t come from man but from the Almighty,” he said in May, suggesting elected officials “should be there to defend those rights, not determine them.”
At the time, he explained that he would throw his hat in the ring if he thought doing so would make a difference. He apparently came to the conclusion that it would, announcing to local media that he wants to be his district’s next congressman.
“I want to help restore America to what she once was,” he explained, “a nation that builds freedom and prosperity on the anchor of God.”
Some analysts believe he is already ahead of the game by securing the support of the popular ‘Duck Dynasty’ cast. The Robertson family’s endorsement of little-known congressional hopeful Vance McAllister was credited with securing the Republican’s electoral victory.
Proving his loyalty, Willie Robertson refused to walk back his initial support of McAllister, even after the latter became embroiled in an adultery scandal.
That situation has not caused the Robertsons to shy away from likewise endorsing Dasher. Last month, Willie Robertson called his cousin “one of the smartest young guys” he knows, explaining that, if he did decide to run, “he’ll have the full support of the family.”
Willie’s older brother, Al, said his family can vouch for Dasher’s character.
“We’ve vetted [Zach] for 36 years,” he said.
Dasher, who could square off against McAllister if the disgraced congressman mounts a re-election bid, revealed in his statement Monday that he is “pro-life and is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.”
He also spoke out against D.C.’s bureaucratic power grab, offering an example of federal officials “forcing us to purchase their healthcare insurance because they think they know better than we do when it comes to managing our private lives.”
Photo Credit: Facebook/Zach Dasher for Congress
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