Sean Duffy - who you may remember as one of the housemates on "The Real World: Boston" - has gone from reality TV to the realities of Congressional politics. The 38-year-old Republican has been called the winner in the race to represent Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District with 99 percent of the precincts reporting, according to WisconsinVote.org.
Duffy was up to replace Rep. Dave Obey, who announced he was retiring in May, and was competing against state Sen. Julie Lassa.
During his campaign, Duffy appeared in an ad dressed as a lumberjack – he was a two-time champion lumberjack athlete - telling voters that he planned to “bring the ax to Washington” and to “topple the big spending.” Duffy had also been endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who called him a “ brave soul” and a “northern Wisconsin patriot.”
If you're wondering why Duffy didn't also highlight his past as a reality TV star - in addition to doing "The Real World" in 1997, he appeared on 1998's "Road Rules: All Stars," which also starred his future wife, former "Real World: San Francisco" cast member Rachel - that's because he considered it old news.
"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," Duffy has said. "That's nearly 15 years ago."
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Has the irony not occurred to most people that the same "stupid masses" that happened to put Republicans back to a majority in Congress are also apparently the same "intelligent, forward-thinking, open-minded" people who elected Obama a mere 2 years ago? Two years ago, the general public qualified for Mensa and now they're too stupid and scared to know what's best for themselves? Give me a break.
SEAN – 1st item on your agenda... Immigration Reform/Close the Borders. I'm tired of having to choose English (they can't speak English then they better learn!)
Go Duffy......Here's to you Sarah....let people talk...who's laughing all the way to the Bank...you go girl...would vote for you over Obama any day of the week...am sick of working and paying for all the deadbeats...while the Democrats sit back and keep giving the people on the "System" more reason to stay on the "System"....can't wait 'til 2012.....BRAND NEW ADMINISTRATION on the Horizon for us hard working folks...am I'm a registered Democrat...woohooo.....JUST SAYIN!
Nobama! I thought we were able to do background checks?? Corporations perform better background checks than the government as they certainly would have realized Barack is not a natural US citizen!
They ran a crimnal broadcasting in sink with the start of cops,amaricas most wanted an rescue9/11 on my family an now with cellphones an internts there running around hip an made them hip.
I don't know about substance, but that WAS the last season of Real World that I ever watched. I know it was a while ago, and I do not remember him. There were two hotter Boston guys that I certainly do remember, but not this one. Way to make your mark, dude. Hopefully his term will be about as memorable and then he can be discarded the same way MTV ditched music videos. Oh, fickle public!
in all fairness to Sean, he was on the real world before reality shows were trashy like they are now. He was on the real world when the real world had substance.
I too would like to know if he's bi ;-)
What a joke. A mtv reality show yahoo.
This is what makes our country so great – anybody can be elected to a political office by the public. And they can be kicked out in the next election by the same people who voted them in. The whole process happens without great unrest. You don't see that in many other places around the world. Go USA!
What next? Snooki for VP and "The Situation" for Commander-in-Chief?? Say good-bye to America. Good morning, China.
I liked Sean back then! I thought he was pretty cool. Don't know how he is now but maybe everybody decided to grow up!
Hey Susan, when you said he should make that chick that was always wasted on the Las Vegas cast his VP, were you talking about Ruth? I dont know what city she was in but she was drunk a lot! i wonder where she is now? Anyone???
No. Ruthie was in Hawaii. She was constantly wasted. Hope she still has her liver
At this rate, the creators of South Park will be on the republican ticket in 2012...
If he is anything like Michele Bachmann we are in big trouble. Big words no solutions and act on rumors without fact checking.
That fact is america was founded on checks and balances. If the dems have the house and congress it is not checked and balanced in full due to same political ideas. With a rep house the checks and balances will be done not allowing one person or one group to have to much power. That being said it seems that the american people are smart enough to keep everything balanced
The problem with checks and balances being "done" is that nothing will get passed and nothing will get done.
he is cute, umm, is he a bi guy?
I believe so, his wife would turn any guy bi.
We have the best system of government money can buy. It is bought and sold daily.
What is the problem with a TV "Personality" (no reality tv star is actually a STAR) being elected? He was obviously the choice MOST of the state wanted. It is not the first time someone on TV or film has been elected. Ever here of a guy named Ronald Reagan?
Omfg what is this country coming to? I remember watching this dude growing up thinking he was a whinny momma's boy. Lol I would've voted for Puck before I did this joke. Lol It official America is now heading down the drain...thanks republicans! :)
It's funny you mentioned puck, Sean's wife who starred with Puck on the "real" world actually admitted "making out" with the guy.
dude show a respect , if you dont believe in God, then you should respect others , dont used the F word with God, you must be really F+*^%$ up to talk this filthy English .!
You bleeding heart liberals! You guys say all this crap about sean duffy winning an election! What about Al Franken! The hack of a comedian who's only good bit was "Stuart" on Saturday night live. He couldn't take losing so he wouldn't leave it alone so they gave him his seat just to shut him up!
Please. Por favor dejen alone that kid hes just trying to be a super hero like cada persona that I know btw I know him nd he's such a great person nd ready for whatever que tiene en mente.
Because I'm good enough, smart enough and doggone it people like me.
Haha, I had forgotten about that skit.
All the anti-Seans/Republicans....if you're so much smarter than these successful contestants – why don't you run against them?!?!? Unless you don't know what a platform is and only know how to criticize without coming up with new ideas.
To the many Obama people, Uncle Joe had a few years more than McCain, but BO had less than 2 years in the Senate before he began his run, a very lazy 2 years at that.. What is amazing though is people saw BO as very qualified, with no real leadership experience. I coudn't vote for Prez O, Palin or any of these underqualified newbies. Sen O was not qualified for Prez and has proven that. Sarah P is not qualified for Prez, as the only leadership job she had, she quit to chase the cash. Great as a Dem butt-kicker, but Prez? She has her moments, but have checked out a Joe Biden speech lately..or ever?
Did you check out the Vice Presidential debate? Biden blew Palin out of the water! She couldn't even directly answer questions because she was pre-programmed what to say. "You betcha'"
Not that it matters what his kids names are, they could pass for latino names opr italian. So before you go insulting people just research it!
Also why is it that everytime I get on here to read news all I see is 'everyday' americans like myself–bashing other people? Do we really not have anything else to do but try and degrade someone elses name just because we can't get to where they have gotten? Give me a break and stop being so negative all the time! Its not washingtons fault that we as americans are going down the way side, its our own fault!!!! WE place this people in office!
U are all missing the fact that Real World is the original reality TV show. Sean has experince living with seven strangers, that has to count for something. "shut your mooouth Montana."
Oh Andy! Thank you for that! Whatever Mr. Duffy does for the rest of his life, I will always hear that line when I think of him.
True dat Tony :)
I agree with about half of what each person on here has said. Reality TV Show or not, he went to law school, learned the ropes, became a DA and earned the bid, vote, and seat in the House. Not to mention, am I the only one here that understands how crucial reality TV is in our culture? While a whole lot of crap has surfaced in the last 5 years....Real World was one of the first shows of this kind and 15 years ago when Sean was on it, there were no gimmicks, just the opportunity to learn about people who have grown up and led different lives than you.
I don't want to get in the qualifications for Presidency vs. Vice Presidency, but looking at the difference in party candidates from 2008 – the democratic nominees of Obama and Biden have TONS more experience, and at a national level, than the combo of McCain and Palin. I loved John McCain, but c'mon....who's genius idea was it putting her up there for us to mock?
Yeah, we need more men like Al Franken to lead the country!
We need more of brainless Palin to lead the country, yeah!
This guy, regardless of whether he was a reality star or not, is just another corrupt politician who promises to do this and that and more than likely, won't do anything that will satisfy voters.
Arnold is a celebrity and has he ran it into the ground? So because he has latino named children and appeared on a show on mtv to make money makes him a bad politician? Everyone who is criticizing him for being moderately well known needs to crawl out of your bedroom/garage that your parents hooked up for you and go get a life. AMEN brother!!!!!!
Ba-roke Obama & Al Franken 2012!
Al Franken would be a much better President that brainless Palin. However, she would be much better then Franken in "Beauty Pageants Reunion" TV reality show. I guess Baltazar, that makes us equal.
Obama gets elected on the platform of being a Washington outsider who can bring change... so conservatives feel the remedy for Obama is... Washington outsiders who can bring change.... quite the paradox...
So – please enlighten me on what the right credentials are to be in political office?? I'm sure you will impress me (note the sarcasm). Before being elected President, Obama was a senator for just a few years and abstained on a majority of all votes. That speaks volumes of his lack of decisiveness and yet our lovely Liberal base fell hook line and sinker for his 'time for change' when he clearly showed he wouldn't take a position through his prior track record. Now, you want to criticize this elect when he's just as qualified as our worthless, clueless President. Without a majority in his court, Obama will sepnd more time overseas the next two years because he won't get any more 'crap' passed! So much for change and thanks for the $200 million/day trip to India – I'm sure that will generate a return on our escalating deficit! 2012 can't come soon enough – hopefully, more Reality Stars will run because the will be a better voice of the people than NOBAMA!
And the estimated $3-4 TRILLION dollars spent on wild goose chases in the Middle East by Bushie Jr? Your whining about $200 million for a trip to India or $800 Billion spent on attempting to get this country back on it's feet by Obama? I'd pay both of those COMBINED and doubled and it would still be cheaper than the TRILLIONS spent by the Republicans for this fake war and the 5000+ AMERICAN lives lost from a clown claiming that there were weapons of mass destruction pointed at us in the US of A.
I think that it is crazy that everyone thinks this guy is such a loser because he was on a reality tv show? Give me a break. He went to law school, was a successful prosecuter and district attorney in Wisconsin. He has done a lot of good and that is why he was elected. I am glad that he is not some inbred politician that is just going to give back a whole lot of the same.
Agreed - I guess many of those posting can't get over something which happened to this person 15 years ago during a time of adolescence where people act immaturely because they are young, unless the posters somehow skipped that part of their lives. The show was bit over the edge but the fact is it was as "real" as a real show could get during its era (heck I enjoyed watching San Fran edition with Puck in it!).
People do grow up to be better. With what he has accomplished and the majority of people lending him their support...well, his success kinda speaks for itself.
Didn't his wife hate her house mate in San Fran, Pedro, because he had AIDS.
I think Baltazar likes Senator Franken, but I'm not quite sure...
Yeah, you stick to him!
Al Fraken is alot more qualified than Sean Duffy..
While not trying to show a bias, I do find it interesting that the entire story, as well as most of the comments, gloss over the fact that he wasn't just an ex-reality star in a suit... he was a county district attorney as well! I'm not saying being a DA qualifies you for national office, but it's not nearly the same as having no expertise with the law of the land...
If I were a congressman, I would "accidentally", repeatedly call him "Puck" or "Snookie".
This shows how pathetic our country is. Nobody from MTV should be allowed to run for public office
Yeah! Al Franken for president!
Didn't know anything about this race until just now, but I think this shows how expensive it is to get the name recognition to hve a shot at public office, so you either have to be already quasi famous (jesse ventura, this guy, etc) or aready rich. You have to admit, this guy does have the hair for politics or newscasting...
And no one has mentioned Scharzanegar, Ventura or Regan. Get use to it, people.
Except Al Franken, he's super intellectual!
And who really cares who Palin supports. She is a COMPLETE idiot and will NEVER get elected. Her own party hangs their head in embarassment when her name is brought up.
R U kidding? Another REPUBLICAN?
I surely hope we have good luck this Election Cycle.
Keep in mind Sarah Palin only endorses candidates who fit her mold. Candidates like Meg Whitman, Carly Flornia were too liberal for her and look at what she did to Senator Lisa Murkowski; forced her into a write in campaign. If this guy was supported by Sarah P. he is bad news.
I love Al Franken though!
The problem here is by this man winning being a prime example that our political system is a joke. Let's keep in mind this was a show that might as well be the Jersey Shore of its day (sooo snookie could one day win a house seat? That is I think the scariest thought).Yet we allow for people who don't have the right credentials if any to be speaking for anyone and letting him make choice that will effect all of us. It's people like him and the people that voted for him that destroy this country from within.
Wisconsin you should be embarrassed by this being a representation of the people in that state, then again let's be happy your state made the news. This is overall sad and makes me feel ashamed regardless of where I may stand (I'm an independent) that this is the joke that we have made at our country's expenses.
I voted for Lassa, the real travesty here is that Russ Feingold one of the greatest Senators in American History lost to high school dropout Ron Johnson, Republicans taking over the house just goes to show how stupid and easily manipulated the majority of Americans are
UM...he has no credentials??? Apparently you know nothing about him. He was Ashland County's DA for 8 years. He's educated. I would say he has more credentials than many. I am SO SICK of this "democrats are smarter, stupid Republicans just don't get it" baloney that people like you spew. Guess what? You can believe whatever you want, but I bet a billion dollars you aren't any smarter than the rest of us. And no, it doesn't matter if you went to Harvard. I am from Wisconsin and f-ing THRILLED that we finally got rid of Feingold (nice, honest man but off his rocker when it comes to political ideology), we get to say BUH-BYE to that idiot Doyle, and I'm THRILLED for Sean. Sorry Madison and Milwaukee- the rest of the state actually got a say this time around.
These comments always make me laugh and brighten up my day. Kudos to Yippy, Casey, steph, Jerry, and Jeff. Real World Seattle! Woo!
In his defense, he seemed like the most rational and intelligent person in the Real World: Boston house.
Can u say pinhead.
Who's next now, Puck?
Yeah, "who's next".... Al Franken?
And to think a reality show star would have trouble getting elected. I guess Palin might actually have a shot in 2012. How pathetic and sad our country has become by embracing these people. The Situation/Snooki 2012? It could happen!
All these left wing communist people, instead of bashing him let's all work together to get this Country back on track.
AB, we will when you Right Wingers figure out that blowing $700B on a tax cut for the top 2% of incomes in this country isn't exactly a way to start putting this nation "back on track".
Where exactly were all of the JOBS that allegedly Bush's tax cuts (in place for a long enough time for them to actually work) produced? When you let me know, I'll be sure to make a note of the pigs flying...
we should all have the frame of mind to move forward & work together. no matter the race, nationality or gender! well said AB!
Citizens United vs. Federal Election Committee will be the downfall of our nation. Now a corporation with certain economical interests can throw money at candidates who will have no choice but to follow what that corporation wants, thus effectively making sure that the candidate is a representative of the corporations, and not the people. I think that is the textbook definition of fascism. But then again, I went to school in Texas, albeit in the nineties before they started pushing all this conservative revisionist history into our textbooks. So who knows.
Not only that, but the tax cuts glick mentioned do absolutely nothing for us middle class Americans.
The people who want our "country back on track" are those who are upset that things have to change, that our country isn't static 1950s dream. Things like science and social change happen over the course of a society and there is no way to keep them the way they are. The majority of white Tea Party candidates are steamed up because we have a black man as president whether they want to admit it or not. These are probably the people who resisted desegregation and believe that a mixed race couple shouldn't be allowed to marry–because back in the 50s when everything was hunky dory this was the case (maybe not officially). Gays were underground and there were fewer minorities, and when there were minorities they were housekeepers.
So in the next coming years, if the GOP and Tea Partiers have their way, we will be trying to emulate the Ward and June Cleaver life–complete with the government run church service on sunday.
wow, Alex you are a witty little guy aren't you? Amazing that you figured out somehow that I am an anti-immigrent liberal. You are a genius too. Wow, you are a lucky guy. Your ex-wife is a lucky woman.
Wow. Angry much? What exactly do the names of his children have to do with his qualifications for Congress? You mentioned college. He's 38. Nobody's ever matured once they leave college, right?
Wow - talk about a race to the bottom! THIS is the 'best' the Tea Party can do...get washed up reality TV people to run for elected office? Ugh...no wonder things are so messed up in this nation (and not likely to get any better unless the Congressional Dems and President Obama take off the gloves and fight for our future).
Once upon a time, everyone said 'I want my MTV!'. After last nights Midterms and the election of this malleable dummy now many are probably of the mind, 'I want my MTV to go the heck away and fall down a deep well so no more idiots from their stupid shows end up creating legislation for the rest of America!'
Geez – you guys are brutal.
Having Sarah, the idiot, endorse you may not be a good thing, but other than that what is wrong with this guy?
John "Geez – you guys are brutal. Having Sarah, the idiot, endorse you may not be a good thing, but other than that what is wrong with this guy?"
Obviously John has NEVER watched ANY Reality TV (let alone the trash they pass off as 'reality tv' on MTV)!
Jimmy Buffet for president!!!!! Lol
Totally...and he should pick the girl from Real World Vegas (who was always drunk and falling into some random guy's bed) to be his VP...
Yeah, Al Franken as his VP! hehe....
What spending has he decided to cut ? Why didn't he tell us in the advertisement ?
I went to college with this guy. He was an idiot then and probably nothing has changed. Listen to the name of his children with the lovely Rachel: Evita, Jack, Lucia-Belen, John-Paul, Paloma, and MariaVictoria. Figures, no wonder this country is going down the toilet when this is the best that we can elect to congress.
Hey Susan, you are a nobody and he is in Congress... BTW, most of the names are Latino, so from your comment I assume you are an anti-immigrant liberal... see, they exist :-)
Wow Rachel has had six kids. She sure has lived the conservative Catholic lifestyle.
Laughing my heinie off at Alex!. Another great example of the uneducated masses cowering under the Republican skirts! Most of those names are actually ITALIAN in origin. Paloma is the only name that really could be considered Latino. Alex, do yourself a couple of favors:
1) Sue the atrocious suburban educational system that obviously allowed you to be promoted without learning basic language arts such as name etymology.
2)Take advantage of the wonderfully FREE flow of actual knowledge that is CURRENTLY available online to learn a few things. In a few years, once the RepubliCADs get their hooks deeper into this country, you will have to PAY to just access something like Dictionary.com or even Wikipedia because the money grubbers want you to hand over cash for ANYTHING they allow to flow thru their pipes on the world wide web.
He and his wife are a waste. A Sara Palin endorsement? What, they couldn't get Puck from Real World San Fran to endorse him? About the same political credibility!
Hmmm. Bitter liberals who cannot imagine the day when an ex MTV TV star could win a Republican seat. hee hee
Our system has become a joke. It has nothing to do with our current president but the previous (frat boy) president who put this country into such a deep and dark hole. No president can follow the mess that Bush left.
I have nothing against Republicans or even Tea Party extremist except for the fact that this group of people regularly promote ineqaulity and hate. The conservative right is great if you are: white, straight, christian, rich and run a corporation. Otherwise they regularly are tying to figure out ways to screw you.
Oooooh my god. The end of the USA is near.
Yeah, we'll know it is the Apocalypse when Al Franken becomes senator......
Oh wait, really?
As a resident of Wisconsin, I'd like to offer my apology to the rest of America.
Thank you. I appreciate the apology.
I too am from WI, Ashland County where he is the DA. I apologize as well!
Yeah, too bad Al Franken couldn't have saved Wisconsin.
another wiling to do anything for attention dip gets made a republican star
Antbody can get elcted in this country. It's ridiculous.
True that....just look at who's in the white house!!
i should run in 2012
if not anybody, this wouldn't be democracy fool.
Yippy – I truly hope you're trying to be funny, or else you need to learn how to spell.
Well, the only written requirements to be president are to be a naturally born US citizen and at least 35 years old. So pretty much, anyone can get elected!
just goes to show anything is possible. hehe
If Sarah palin is involved in your campaign chances are you're no good. Just sayin'
Sadly, he still won. Just sayin'
Just sayin'–that's so last millenium. Just sayin'
It's not last millenium when she's still hanging around trying to act like she's NOT going to run for presidency in 2012. She's endorsing a reality star for heavens sake!!
Drew, I agree! Too bad...
it makes sense a beauty queen would endorse a reality t.v star!
A reality star who has been his county's D.A. for 8 years...
Yes, its too bad that he won and that Sarah P. was involved, however this is Wisconsin, what else could we expect. As for Palin running in 2012, yeah she looks like she will run, but she won't win–for 2 reasons! First, she is a quitter, and Americans do not like a quitter and two, she backed O'Donnell and Engel for the senate in Delaware and Nevada ,respectively, and the GOP will not forgive her for losing the senate for them! Mitch McConnell, the senate minority leader, probably wants to strangle Sarah P.
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