Republican Sean Duffy is the projected winner for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District; which gives the former district attorney from Ashland County a seat in the now Republican majority U.S. House of Representatives according to the Associated Press. The 39-year-old Duffy will fill the seat left vacant by retiring Democrat Dave Obey who occupied the position since 1969. The Wassau Daily Herald (WI) reports that Duffy led opponent Democratic state senator Julie Lassa by 17,000 votes with 85 precincts reporting. Lassa conceded to Duffy at 12:45 am Wednesday.
In 1997 Sean Duffy was a young and conservative cast member on MTV’s “The Real World: Boston.” On the show he famously clashed with more liberal-minded and African-American roommate Kameelah Phillips according to Pop Eater. Duffy did however credit Phillips and another black cast member for “teaching him about race issues.” A year later he was cast alongside “Real World: San Francisco” star Rachel Campos on MTV’s “Road Rules.” The two conservative Republicans married and now have six children ranging from age 10 to 6-months according to his official campaign website.
Duffy, the 10th of 11 kids, is staunchly conservative according to his website. He is pro-life, voted on a 2006 Wisconsin amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman, is anti-cap and trade legislation and wants the per-child tax credit to be raised from $1000 to $3000. The Wassau Herald reports that his stance on cutting the national deficit – although nonspecific – was what helped him win.
Prior to his political ambitions Duffy served 10 years as Special Prosecutor and then District Attorney for Ashland County, Wisconsin. The native Wisconsinite is also a lumberjack athlete and says he put himself through law school with the money he won through competing. Here’s a YouTube campaign video of Mr. Duffy showing off his axe skills.