- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican congressional candidate Zach Dasher is getting an advertising assist from his famous “Duck Dynasty” family.

The TV clan’s patriarch, Phil Robertson, and his wife, Kay, are featured in a new radio ad released Wednesday across northeast Louisiana-based 5th District.

Dasher, a political newcomer, is one of eight candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot running against GOP incumbent Vance McAllister, who was elected with the “Duck Dynasty” family’s support last year. But that was before McAllister was caught in a cheating scandal.

Since then, the Robertsons have found a new candidate to support. Dasher’s mom is the sister of Phil and Silas “Uncle Si” Robertson.

In the radio ad, the Robertsons don’t say anything about Dasher’s campaign platform or his policy positions. Instead, they simply say they’re voting for their nephew.

“He’s been officially and thoroughly vetted by the Robertson clan,” Phil Robertson says.

It’s the first ad for Dasher featuring the popular stars of the A&E; reality show. It’s not expected to be the last. Family members have poured more than $50,000 into Dasher’s campaign so far.

Dasher is running as a conservative who invokes his religious beliefs frequently. His “Duck Dynasty” ad comes the same week McAllister released his first television spot, highlighting his wife and their relationship despite the cheating scandal.

In office less than a year, McAllister’s re-election is uncertain after a security video leaked in April showing the father of five kissing a married staffer who was not his wife. The staffer resigned after the video surfaced. Republican leaders called on McAllister to leave office, but he refused and said his wife encouraged him to run for re-election.

McAllister has dismissed talk that the Robertson clan has abandoned him, saying he remains close to the famous family and expected them to support their kin.

The 5th District covers all or part of 24 parishes, from northeast and central Louisiana into southeastern parishes bordering Mississippi.

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