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La. Rep.-elect Vance McAllister gets bear hug from 'Duck Dynasty' star after win

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Louisiana businessman Vance McAllister, who scored an upset victory over GOP state Sen. Neil Riser in a special election this weekend to replace GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander, got another surprise after his shocking win — an in-person visit from Willie Robertson, the star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty.”

“We had just wrapped up with all my TV interviews and everything, and I was talking to some friends and family, and next thing I hear is Willie’s here and I turned around and oh my goodness, it was like Grizzly Adams walking up behind you,” Mr. McAllister said Monday on “Fox and Friends.” “He gave me a big old bear hug and I looked at him [and] I said, ‘Man, what’s on your face?’ “

Mr. Robertson starred in an ad late in the campaign for Mr. McAllister, urging voters to get out and support “my good buddy.”

“I appreciated [his] stopping by for a sec, and he told me he was proud of me,” Mr. McAllister said. “And I told him, I said, well, boy, I said appreciate it, but not only to have the weight of this district and making sure I do the right example for my children — now you went and wrapped this Duck Dynasty around my neck and I definitely couldn’t disapprove, you know?”

Mr. McAllister said he’s sure he’ll be known as the “Duck Dynasty guy” on Capitol Hill — but that there are worse fates.

“They are amazing, true Christians and you know what y’all see on TV, and I’ve known them before any of this all came about — they are some wonderful people,” he said. “What you see is what you get, and, you know, if I’ve gotta be associated with anybody that’s in … Hollywood or celebrity world, there’s not a finer group of guys. I truly love and appreciate them standing up for what they believe in just like I did for this campaign.”

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