Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) is bringing Duck Dynasty reality TV star Willie Robertson as his guest to the State of the Union tonight, in a move that's sent Republicans eager to shore up their standings with their base scrambling to get photo ops with the duck-call magnate.
McAllister took his congressional seat following a 2013 special election campaign for Congress after Rep. Rodney Alexander resigned in August to work with Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. Robertson was occasionally mentioned as a potential candidate. But because he makes duck calls for a living and probably wasn't all that interested in moving into politics, Robertson instead endorsed McAllister as his "good buddy" in a TV ad. (McAllister also scored an endorsement from Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, who's best known outside viewers of the show as being at the center of a controversy surrounding allegedly homophobic remarks.)
Hopefully, Robertson won't make any duck calls during the State of the Union.