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Tonight’s State of the Union address just got a little, well, redneck. Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson will be attending the President’s speech on January 28 as a special guest of newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister. From the swamps of Louisiana to Capitol Hill — not too shabby, Willie!

The A&E reality star endorsed Rep. McAllister during his Congressional bid last year, appearing in a TV ad that advised voters to "send somebody from the 5th District who speaks for us to help turn Washington around.” Clearly the CEO of Duck Commander has some influence, as the politician won his election in November, and now he’s returning the favor.

Addressing his decision to bring Willie along tonight for his first State of the Union, Rep. McAllister released the following statement:

"I am proud to have my close friend, constituent and small business owner, Willie Robertson, attend tonight's State of the Union Address as my special guest. Willie is thankful for this opportunity and honored to attend. I look forward to the two of us representing the Fifth District in DC this evening and bringing some diversity to our nation's capitol."

Much like Willie, the politician is a wealthy businessman from Louisiana. He was also endorsed by Duck Dynasty patriarch (and Willie’s dad) Phil, though Phil will not be in attendance at the event tonight. That should be of no surprise to followers of the Robertson family, as the duck call mogul has been embroiled in controversy for the last month, following his anti-gay remarks in a GQ  interview — and an ensuing (though short-lived) suspension from his reality show.

It’s probably wise of the Rep. to steer clear of Papa Phil for a while — though it’s still an interesting move to bring along a TV star to a major political event.

What do you think of Willie attending the State of the Union? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: New York Daily News

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