Sean Duffy, who "starred" in MTV's "The Real World: Boston" (read: got drunk and chased women) and "acted" in the 'Wedding Video,' a mockumentary about gay marriage, might very well become the next Republican senator from Wisconsin. For real.
It seems Duffy's gig as a faux-lebrity didn't work out so now he wants to join the ranks of all the publicity-addicted faux-politicians out there. You know, the ones who pose naked for Cosmo, act in some action-packed movies, or become fair and balanced blabbermouths.
Duffy, a district attorney, will likely be taking on Democratic nominee Wisconsin State Senator Julie Lassa. And it looks like he might have a shot at the seat -- Sarah Palin has given him her endorsement, which seems to be going a long way these day. He's also been endorsed by Tim Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC, and raised more than $600,000. He's expected to beat tea-party backed opponent Dan Mielke in the September primary.
So what of his sordid past?
"I was young," he explained to voters recently at Ojibwa Golf and Bowl, a Chippewa Falls hangout. "They edit in things. I didn't have any kids yet. If you want to know my character, look at the kids I've raised. All I can do is tell you this is what I've done. This is where I've been. This is where I stand."
I really couldn't care less about Duffy's antics when he was young, I care that he did it on TV. For me, that and his current ESPN TV gig are bright red flags -- this is a guy that likes to be in front of the camera, this is a guy who wants attention, this is a guy who wants to be "famous." My guess is that he's a fame- and media-hungry candidate who's more interested in being in the spotlight than he is in actually making a difference.
The only problem is that when you're a politician, it's not really about you at all, it's about the people you're working for -- the public.
Seriously Sean, isn't there another reality show out there you can be on? I hear some producers are looking for a couple who have six kids ...
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