August 12th, 2010
11:39 AM ET
Don't expect to see Eric Nies or Heather B publicly endorsing "Real World: New York" cast mate Kevin Powell for Congress.
Democrat Powell, who hopes to represent Brooklyn's 10th District, said he wants nothing to do with his reality-show past.
"Notoriety is great, but it doesn't really mean anything if you don't actually use it to help people, and that's my position and that's been my position for a very long time and I'm 44 years old," said writer/activist Powell, who appeared on season one of "The Real World" in 1992. "I'm not that 25- or 26-year-old kid that was on MTV. I'm far from that at this point."
Sean Duffy, a Sarah Palin-backed Republican candidate in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District who appeared on "The Real World: Boston" in 1997, agrees, and refuses to address his MTV stint in interviews.
"People want to write on reality TV and you can write that story if you want. I'm not going to talk about it though," said Duffy, 38, who is married to Rachel Campos-Duffy of 1994's "The Real World: San Francisco." "That's nearly 15 years ago."
But "Real World" co-creator Jonathan Murray believes both men could benefit by playing up the days when they lived life on camera and discovered what it was like when people stopped being polite and started getting real.
Says Murray, "I think the very nature of being in a house with six other very different people than yourself and having to get beyond the very obvious differences between us and see people for who they are - I think [that] makes you a better person. So I think it is great preparation for someone who wants to be in government and who wants to represent all the people in the district."
Powell, for one, could certainly use a little help at the moment. The New York Daily News recently reported that he owes between $615,000 and $1.3 million in taxes.
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