Former "Real World: Boston" castmember Sean Duffy is looking to move from reality-television star to congressman.
Duffy, a conservative district attorney, is considered a strong contender to win the Republican primary in Wisconsin's Seventh Congressional District, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The seat is currently held by outgoing democrat David Obey. Duffy was thought of as a long shot to win, since Obey has maintained the position since his election in 1969, but the incumbent congressman announced his decision not to seek re-election in early May.
Duffy's campaign website includes the politician's stance on key issues like the economy, health care, education, national defense and agriculture. He has received endorsements from notable GOP figures including onetime vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. When Obey was still a candidate for Congress, Palin described Duffy's campaign as an example of the "many daring Davids [taking] on entrenched Goliaths" across the United States political landscape.
"We've had 2,100 online contributions over the course of our campaign, which means we've had great support not just here in Wisconsin, but great national support," Duffy said in a video message posted to his website June 21. The Times reports that Duffy has raised $600,000 during his campaign.
Duffy has served as Ashland County's district attorney since 2002. Outside of politics, he is best known as a veteran of MTV's "The Real World: Boston." His wife, Rachel Campos-Duffy, is also a "Real World" alumnus; she appeared during the show's San Francisco-set third season, and the two met during "Road Rules: All Stars" in 1998.
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