Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) isn’t the only politician in Louisiana defending “Duck Dynasty” following the controversy over star Phil Robertson’s statements about gays, non-Christians, and African Americans in an interview with GQ Magazine.
Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who runs the state’s Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, released a statement Saturday vowing to help Robertson and his family find new producers for the show in the wake of his suspension from the A&E network.
“Regardless of one’s views on Phil Robertson’s statements, Duck Dynasty has been an important representation of the state of Louisiana, inspiring prospective visitors and investors since its debut. Their show draws tens of millions of viewers each year, reaching an audience eager to visit Sportsman’s Paradise,” Dardenne said. “If the Robertson family cannot come to an agreement with A&E and wants to continue the show, Louisiana already has the infrastructure in place to maintain their record-breaking program.”
Dardenne is expected to run for governor in 2015.