May 7th, 2010
03:03 PM ET

'Real World' cast mates run for office

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Some might argue that politicians have long taken the route “to find out what happens... when people stop being polite... and start getting real...”

Two alumni of MTV’s “The Real World” are working on entering the hallowed halls of government.

Kevin Powell, a cast member from the first season of “The Real World,” and Sean Duffy, from “The Real World: Boston,” are both running for office.

Powell, who has had a career as an author, activist, poet, lecturer and writer, is running for Congress to represent the 10th District of New York City in Brooklyn. Powell, who has been a resident of Brooklyn for about a decade, first ran for congress in 2008 but was unsuccessful in his attempt to unseat current Representative Edolphus Towns.

Duffy is looking to succeed Wisconsin Congressman David Obey who is retiring after 41 years as a Wisconsin politician. Duffy has spent the past eight years serving as the Ashland County District Attorney and is married to “The Real World: San Francisco” alumna Rachel Campos-Duffy. The couple is expecting their sixth child.

soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Jen

    That racist ignorant fool Kevin Powell will never win a seat in office. It's such a shame. He could have done something positive with his life. All he's going to be remembered for is his racist propaganda and whiny, cry-baby mentality. His mother would NOT be proud.

    March 28, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kelly

    It's funny how everyone how everyone on here is accusing Kevin of being racist, but you conveniently forget all the racial stuff that Sean said to his black female castmate Kameelah. He basically got in her face and implied that the only reason she got into college at Stanford was because she was black. Kameelah just happens to be a doctor now so she did pretty well for herself after the show ended I would say.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jonny

    And no one ever on the Real World were ever normal.

    May 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jonny

    Yeah, these yahoos are scary, breeding like puritanical rabbits from the 17th century. And now they want to control people. Scary.

    May 9, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin

    Those early 90's were the best years of "The Real World". Kevin Powell being racist? I don't believe the that. I was in college during that time, and we had some lively debates about that. Kevin in my opinion said what every black guy wanted to say so he came off as racist. He never said whites were bad and against all blacks. His main theme was always that whites will never understand the black view point, just as most blacks will never understand whole heartedly the white point of view.

    When you are born and raised with different experiences, and different influences, you shouldn't expect to see things the same.

    As long as their is mutual respect thats all you can do.

    May 9, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patrick

    So a right-wing loonie who thinks adding to the world's overpopulation problem is a good thing is running for Obey's seat? I hope the people of Wisconsin have more sense than to elect a wingnut like him.

    May 9, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ha

    wow gossip is still going around strong from a show that aired 20 years ago...thats pretty funny and sad at the same time

    May 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tim

    Kevin Powell is a racist! That idiot shouldn't even be allowed to run for office. If anybody saw the season he was on they would know this. But even though he was a racist he claimed black people can't be racist because they don't have the power.

    May 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Btylerr

    Puck might have been from that period but he was unique at the time and stood out. Now with all the personality disorders floating around a current real world house Puck would blend right in. The first two seasons were the only legitimate seasons anybody who knows the history beyond TRL should know this already. The show and the network has a target audience of teeney boppers and young adults and what we see on MTV is a good indication of the direction our beloved generation Y is going in. Pretty dang scary.

    May 9, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JJ Jones

    It is amazing that MTV used to put bright individuals on the show. People who would actually go on to successful lives. Now it is just kids who party and sleep with each other.

    May 9, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Overpopulation

    Sean and Rachel have 6 children? Apparently, they think the Earth has unlimited resources and can support an endless number of people. Where's the responsibility to promote a healthy planet?

    May 9, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. sean

    Mark nyc.... Kevin Powell did not hit the southern chick, Julie. They had an argument and she said that he threw a candle stick at her. She never said it hit her. He denied throwing the thing at her. Dude was always getting mad, but he never showed himself to be violent, and in a house full of cameras, no candle throwing was shown. He was not in fact, thrown out of the house.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 8, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chrissy

    Rachel Campos-Duffy was actually Barbara Walters's first choice to replcae Lisa Ling. But Rachel backed out when she found out she was pregnant and the job went to Elizabeth Hasselback.
    On RW – SF, Rachel was a huge fan of Jack Kemp (and I believe a member of the Eagle Foundation?).
    However, she used hang out with Puck, skateboarders & stoner types and got a huge tatooo on her lower back (back when it wasn't common thing for women to do). I'm not saying that she was a stoner just that I think she was kind of schizo – living an alt lifestyle but spewing conservo political beliefs. By the time RW – Boston came along I stopped watching RW because it became too scripted and lame. More about hook ups and getting drunk than real people trying to start their lives, find themselves. So I don't know anything about her husband.
    IMHO – Real World -San Fran was the best because of (cartoonist)Judd, (doctor) Pam and Pedro

    May 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Melissa

    I used to like Sean back in the day, but then again I (shudder) liked Elisabeth Hasselback when she was on Survivor. Then I heard her views. Two peas in a pod.

    May 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  16. MrsFizzy

    LOL completely misread that, it's Sean + Rachel, not Kevin... still, an interesting mental image for a couple of minutes! Rachel is more predictable than that in the end... sometimes it would be nice to be able to edit our comments...

    May 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  17. MrsFizzy

    I can still remember him lecturing a bewildered Julie "Race + Power = Racism"! So, if he's elected, he'll have some power... Still that was nearly 20 years ago (man I'm old!), people change. But I would never have predicted he'd end up with Rachel!

    May 8, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Tara


    You're correct Powell was the one that was always screaming from the high heavens racism; most of his arguments were baseless and just annoying. He was very aggressive towards the white people in the house; if that had been a white person spewing all that hate they would have been kicked off. I had a hard time watching that first season, because he was just so angry at whites for not getting a break...yet he was on a television show....which showed his poetry.

    May 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Len

    People may change over time, but from what I recall, Kevin was the prototypical "angry black man" and displayed recorded evidence of being a racist....and a jerk. Its amazing how angry black men actually BECOME what they despise...racists. Anyway, maybe he's changed but that agenda is just too one-sided to represent "We the People" overall. If he has grown up quite a bit and learned that the world truly is'nt "against" him, then best of luck.

    May 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Donkeyhunter

    Sounds like the opposition to both candidates are hard at work. Who the hell really knows that much about a show from 20 years ago other than those running against these candidates.

    BTW, just because you disagree with someone of a different skin color, you are not a racist. Get real.

    May 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  21. L

    God I can't believe I remember this.... but these seasons of the RW were on when I was in High school/college so I actually remember them

    @mark nyc Kevin was accused by Julie of throwing a candlestick at her (the southern girl), but never got kicked out of the house. Now David from Los Angeles, was kicked out of the house for dragging Tammy across the floor with a blanket when she was in her underwear.

    @jude That was Montana that got fired for drinking wine around the kids, not Sean.

    Not that I liked either of them during that time period, but honestly better them running that Eric Nies. Or Mark from the first season of Road Rules.

    May 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  22. jude

    Sean Duffy is a racist as well. If you remember, he frequently got in the face of Kameelah, the African-American cast member. A beer-swilling, narcissistic frat-boy type who fancies himself a lumberjack, he is a republican conservative. His wife was a jerk too, paling around with Puck the snot-eating dirtbag during her tenure on Real World San Francisco. Sean Duffy was suspended from the job held by Real World cast members during the Boston show, which was working in a after-school program for underpriveleged kids, for consuming alcohol while supervising the children. Wonder if he would like someone doing that with his kids. He's a boob, plain and simple.

    May 8, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  23. me

    Now if only the "Situation" from Jersey Shore would run for President

    May 8, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  24. JD

    Kevin Powell, the racist, black kid with a chip on his shoulder the entire season? Yeah, he's qualified.

    Wonder if he's worried about Guam tipping over?

    May 8, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  25. Mike

    Amazingly thoughtful comments on here. There is hope for our future 🙂

    May 8, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  26. Amherst

    The Duffys had their sixth child in April

    May 8, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  27. mark nyc

    kevin powell hit the southern chick and was booted from the real world house. yea, he will do well as a politician.

    May 8, 2010 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  28. Boke

    If Mr.Powell was white and you took all of the things he said over the years and reversed white and black, I think he would be considered a racist. But thats what I have come to expect from the media today. Double standards.

    May 8, 2010 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  29. Downer

    The Real World show sucked. I think I'd rather vote Beavis or Butt-head
    into office than any of the d*bags from any season of that lame-o show.

    May 8, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  30. Shirley

    I remember the first season, matter of fact, I was a contract employee of MTV at the time, the Caucasian girl with the southern accent and Heather the African-American ended up being roommates for a while. But I also believe that Mr Powell is a racist (and I'm black as well) if us old-timers out there remember the episode when the southern girl (can't think of her name) and he were on the roof having a heated argument, and he kept repeating that he's a black man in America and things are tough, let me just tell you as black women, he never would've stepped to Heather that way !!! Trust me !!!1

    May 7, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Beavis

    heh heh heh hey Butt-Head that was pretty cool.

    May 7, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Steve

    Keven Powell was a racist! I hope that changed!

    May 7, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Norma

    Sean Duffy is often credited by the media as being a "Real World" participant which I see as an attempt to minimize someone who is instead the "Real Deal." He is a bright, hard-working prosecutor in his fourth term as a district attorney. He reflects solid conservative values and is truly committed to fiscal responsibility.

    And, with just the tiniest bit of research, you would know that he and Rachel welcomed their sixth child over a month ago.

    May 7, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Ryan

    Unfortunately, KimberDee is spot on in regards to Powell. He is an extremely bright, socially-conscious individual. But even through age he fails to realize that blaming race for all the world's problems continues to make things worse as opposed to better. Not sure who said it but someone brighter than I once commented that "the concept of race is the biggest flaw in the history of mankind."

    That said, I feel old. I think it's really a great day when people from my generation (admittedly, a bit older than me) are working for change. I was just saying to a friend last night that I feel the people who are the adults of today are going to be the major shift in policy this country needs, because we are the primary benefactors of the information age.

    May 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Hmmm

    The first season of Real World was like 20 years ago at this point.

    I assume Powell is a Democrat and Sean is a Republican, though that's not mentioned.

    What I like is that both of these guys is that they both went on to have regular jobs, lives and don't depend on MTV to continue to employ them.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  36. KimberDee

    James – do you know of his record? Really? He's actually quite biased and has a very specific, very self serving agenda. And he is very much about race. And thats not saying he's a racist, I'm just saying its his main agenda topic. And if anyone recalls him from the Real World, he was very bright and articulate, but extremely deluted, agressive, innappropriate and wore his 'the world is against blacks' motto on his sleeve every second of every day.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Just Saying

    People forget that these seasons from the Real World were from a long time ago. People can change, especially when they were like 21 back then. Teens do crazy things but they grow up. It doesn't matter what they were like back then, it matters how they have been the past few years and how they are NOW.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Butt-Head

    Uhhhh... huh-huh... I'm like, from that same time period too. Me and Beavis can run for Mayor of the United States. That would be cool... huh-huh-huh....

    May 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  39. James

    Kevin Powell- absolutely, 100% should run. Super intelligent, but grounded at the same time. One of the very few people that seem to actually have the best interests of the residents in mind, instead of his own personal interests.
    Don't know much about the other guy, but he appears to have quality experience. Since it's time to do a complete and total over-haul of all offices/positions, I welcome a few fresh ideas from unlikely long as it isn't anyone that's been on the show in the last 6-7 yrs. They are all brainless, useless, lazy wastes of space.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Paul

    Hey Puck was a scientist.... a snot rocket scientist!

    May 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Ummm

    Puck was from the same time period you claim cast members were normal and productive.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Head Diva In Charge

    These two are from when the Real World cast members were normal, productive members of society! Good luck guys.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |

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