Zach Dasher, a nephew of “Duck Dynasty” reality TV star Phil Robertson, is going to run for the Congressional seat currently held by Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.), who was endorsed in 2012 by the Robertson family.
Dasher opposes Obamacare (which has provided health care coverage for 10 million Americans) and abortion, but supports a constitutional amendment that would require Congress to balance the budget.
“I got to looking around at the problems in politics today, and what I see in Washington D.C., is no God," Dasher told the Associated Press. "There is no God. The elite political class thinks they can be running our lives."
“I think there’s a vacuum in D.C. of people who understand where rights come from," added Dasher. "Rights don’t come from men. They come from God.”
“We sat down as a family this past week when we were deciding what we wanted to do," stated Dasher. "Being that closely connected, this is about them, too. We got our bellies full and then we sat around in a big circle and then we prayed. We prayed about this candidacy that this would be something real. And the family was really excited.”
Dasher's background includes pharmaceuticals and real estate.
Dasher's wife compared him to the Biblical figure Jonah on her blog The Minivan Tales:
Zach had approached a life long friend, someone of whom we love dearly about the idea of entering this race and what his thoughts would be about coming on board this campaign. His response rocked my world and my prayer life.
He said Zach, you know I sort of feel like Jonah, It's not something that I necessarily want to do, my life and career are in a good comfortable place, (there's that word again) but if God is telling me to go to Nineveh, then I will go. When Zach told me about his conversation I hung up the phone, went straight to my closet (us moms do that sometimes) and knelt before the Lord.
Louisiana State Sen. Neil Riser (R) who was defeated by Rep. McAllister said today he would not run. Rep. McAllister may or may not seek re-election, but will have to decide by August, which is when candidates in Louisiana have to register.