Zach Dascher, the “Duck Dynasty” clan relative running for Congress, can already count on at least one vote. His cousin, Jase Robertson, calls the Republican House candidate for Louisiana’s 5th District a “godly” man whom he’ll support “100 percent.”
Robertson, who stars along with his family on the hit A&E reality series, added, “I support him 100 percent and I'm going to vote for him, I'll tell you that.” Dascher, the nephew of the show’s patriarch, Phil Robertson, announced his candidacy last month.
Jase Robertson said he’d hit the campaign trail for his cousin, if asked, although he’s “not really a political guy.”
Robertson admitted that his cousin doesn’t have quite the same fashion sensibilities as the rest of the family, saying, “You would not think that we were first cousins because he doesn't really have an accent, he doesn't have a beard, he dresses nice. He's very articulate and intelligent. So I'm happy for him.”
The Hill caught up with Robertson and his 10-year-old daughter, Mia, as the family visited the Capitol to raise awareness for cleft lip and palate.
“I’ve had five surgeries so far,” Mia Robertson said during a news conference. Recalling her last procedure, in which surgeons took bone from her hip and put it in her top jaw, she explained, “I had to drink all my food for three months. I did okay with this, but I really missed Chick-Fil-A!”
Mia’s mother and fellow “Duck Dynasty” star, Missy Robertson, created the Mia Moo Foundation to raise money and awareness for cleft lip and palate treatment and research.
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), who noted he could relate to Mia Robertson’s struggles, joined the family at the Capitol.
“It's a challenge to grow up young with cleft,” Franks, who was born with a severe case of the condition, said. “I had a complicated palate situation. My surgeries went really well and I didn't have a speech impediment too badly, but about 19 out of 20 times, you do.”
When asked if he was a fan of “Duck Dynasty,” Franks said, “I've seen it some, and I love this family. They're wonderful and if everybody were like them, the world would be a world at peace.”
When asked by reporters what she thinks of the congressman, Mia Robertson replied with a grin, “He’s cool.”