- The Washington Times - Monday, June 16, 2014

Zach Dasher, the nephew of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson, is running as a Republican for Congress in Louisiana’s 5th district, he announced Monday on Twitter.

“It is time for ordinary citizens to get off of the sidelines and get involved in the political system,” Mr. Dasher, whose mother is Mr. Robertson’s sister, said in a press release, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“For too long, we’ve set idly by while Washington politicians slowly gain control over every aspect of our lives. I am seeking to represent the people of the 5th District in Congress so that I can effectively fight the big government intellectual elitists in Washington.”

The district’s current congressman, Republican Vance McAllister, said he wouldn’t seek re-election after security footage showed him kissing a married woman who worked in his office, though he said he’ll make a final decision by the August sign-up period, the Associated Press reported. The election is on Nov. 4.

Mr. Dasher is pro-life, a supporter of the Second Amendment and supports an overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“We did not send people to Washington to determine our rights. We sent them there to defend our rights, but that’s not what they’re doing,” the candidate said in the release. “They’re taking them away, day by day. They’re forcing us to purchase their healthcare insurance because they think they know better than we do when it comes to managing our private lives.”