Who says time spent on a reality show leads to nowhere but oblivion? (Well, besides all those Bachelors and Bachelorettes and Apprentices, etc etc etc.) Not Sean Duffy, who appeared on The Real World: Boston in 1997 and Road Rules: All-Stars in ’98 — and who last night was elected to the House of Representatives by Wisconsin’s seventh congressional district.
In what’s believed to be the first time a reality-show contestant has been elected to Congress (President Grover Cleveland, of course, once clashed with Richard Hatch on Survivor), the Republican Duffy, who’s married to Rachel Campos of The Real World: San Francisco (they met on Road Rules), won the seat long held by retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. David Obey.
According to WQOW, with 75 percent of precincts reporting, Duffy had 52 percent of the vote compared to 44 percent for Democratic state Senator Julie Lassa and 4 percent for independent Gary Kauther — neither of whom, needless to say, ever appeared on an MTV reality show.
According to Wikipedia — because, really, who remembers what went down on The Real World: Boston? — “Sean educates himself about the issue of race, claiming that Syrus [Yarbrough] and Kameelah [Phillips] are the only two black people he really knows. Conflict arises between him and Kameelah throughout the season.” Just so: Duffy called Phillips a “bitch” during one of the episodes.
Sounds like he’ll fit right in with the GOP in D.C….
(Photo: New York Daily News.)