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‘Duck Dynasty’ star Willie Robertson is not running for Congress

This 2012 photo released by A&E shows, from left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson from the A&E series, "Duck Dynasty," airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST. (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard) "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson, far right, not aiming for the House. (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)

Willie Robertson, the American flag-branded, ZZ Top-bearded star of A&E's "Duck Dynasty," does not have any plans to run for Congress from Louisiana.

Robertson sat down with the hosts of Fox News' "The Five" to promote season four of his reality show featuring his family and their duck call business, and he was asked to weigh in on reports that he might run to replace Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander, who is set to resign in September to join the cabinet of Gov. Bobby Jindal (R).

"I heard I was doing that," he said regarding the Twitter buzz his own political leanings have sparked, but "that's news to me."

"I'm kinda busy right now," he elaborated. "I gotta lot of stuff going on."

"Duck Dynasty" remains one of the most popular shows on cable. And in recent months, Robertson has taken to the road, hitting up the Christian lecture circuit with the likes of megachurch pastor Rick Warren, conservative New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow and the ever-present former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Robertson, who has referred to his Christian faith, values and support of Second Amendment rights on his show, is said to have been wooed by some top GOP leaders for a run for Congress.

Dismissing the suggestions that he should make an entrance into politics, the celebrity instead offered his endorsement when asked whom he "liked for 2016 on the Republican side." He picked Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R).

"I'm curious to know about Jindal," Robertson said. "That's my guy."

Jindal later tweeted:

 

Ruth Tam is a writer based in Washington, D.C., where she web produces for The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

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