November 3rd, 2010
05:39 PM ET
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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