Twitter went a little crazy Tuesday, after it appeared that a pair of U.S. lawmakers might be trying to lay claim to the same reality TV star as their State of the Union “get.”
Congressional reporter Jamie Dupree touched off the social media firestorm by blasting out that Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., had snagged A&E personality Willie Robertson for the big night.
State of the Union guest for Sen. Jim Inhofe R-OK will be Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty — Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) January 28, 2014
The problem was that Louisiana Republican Rep. Vance McAllister had already trumpeted that Robertson was accompanying him to the House chamber.
I'm happy to announce that my friend, constituent & small business owner @williebosshog will be attending tonight's #SOTU as my guest. — Vance McAllister (@RepMcAllister) January 28, 2014
Team Inhofe suggested that something had gotten lost in translation.
“A senator was searching for available tickets for the Duck Dynasty crew, and Senator Inhofe was asked if he had an available ticket. Despite what has been reported, Willie is not using Senator Inhofe's ticket,” an Inhofe aide told HOH.
So, who does Inhofe plan to have on his arm during the main event?
“At this time, the ticket is available for his wife, who is in town,” staff stated.
Robertson starred in an ad supporting McAllister in Louisiana’s 5th District special election.