In February, Gov. Bobby Jindal met with the Robertson family of TV's Duck Dynasty fame to present them with a newly created state laurel, "The Governor's Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence." That award, according to Jindal's office, now will be "periodically awarded by the governor to homegrown Louisiana businesses that grow and provide more opportunity, more jobs, and more commerce for the State of Louisiana."
Turns out that award bestowment will be the centerpiece (and plot point) on the Season 6 premiere of Duck Dynasty. A&E, the network that airs the reality show, announced last week that Jindal will be a guest star on the June 11 premiere, which sounds as scripted as an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies. "In preparation for the big occasion, John Luke volunteers to give the introduction speech but can't avoid Willie and Uncle Si's public speaking tips, unwanted as they may be," the network wrote in a press release. "Meanwhile, Miss Kay enlists Korie and Sadie to pick out an outfit for the event and solicits Phil's reluctant opinion on her final look."
Jindal isn't the only Louisiana politician who likes to be seen with the Robertsons, who have a fervent following among evangelicals. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, R-Swartz, have both touted their Duck-y bona fides, with McAllister inviting Willie Robertson as his guest to the 2014 State of the Union speech in Washington, D.C. In an official December 2013 press release from the governor's office, Jindal hailed the Robertsons as "great citizens of the state of Louisiana."