The U.S. might be getting their first reality-star-turned-Congressman. Sean Duffy, the conservative guy on MTV’s “Real World: Boston” is now the front-runner to fill the seat left vacant by Wisconsin Rep. David Obey who will not be running for reelection.
Duffy, who spent 1997 as one of 7 roommates “getting real” in Boston, told The Daily Caller in Wisconsin that his rising campaign for the seat probably played a part in Obey’s retirement after 41 years in office.
“If I was to guess, I’d guess that was one of the considerations,” he said. The NRCC, a committee set up to get Republicans elected to Congress, was more confident: “It was Sean Duffy and his grassroots-powered campaign that forced Dave Obey into retirement.”
Duffy met and married “Real World: San Francisco” cast-member Rachel Campos, and they now have six kids.
While living in the Boston firehouse, the biggest scandal Duffy was ever involved in was clash with the liberal-leaning Kameelah Phillips which prompted him to later credit the two black cast members with helping to teach him about race issues. In those days there was no hot tub or nudity so Duffy shouldn’t have to worry about too many skeletons in his closet.
Though, he doesn’t think his time on television should play any part in the race. “People aren’t concerned about a reality show from 15 years ago,” he said.
The 38-year-old Ashland County District Attorney is the runaway favorite to win the GOP’s primary, thanks to backing from the Tea Party and Sarah Palin.
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