Rep Sean Duffy is running for re-election in northern Wisconsin. Some say he may be the next big star in conservative politics. Frankly, I've never heard of him, but this story is fun and I plan to follow his election returns tonight.
"A Sean Duffy campaign stop is a sight to behold. The Wisconsin Republican trucks around his district with his wife, Rachel Campos-Duffy, and their seven kids (ages 6 months to 15 years) as well as their campaign staff. There’s a very high child-to-staffer ratio. One of the young girls always totes her stuffed dog, Ra-Ra, and the whole family, including the 6-month-old, sports black-and-red plaid. It’s all very on-brand, as Duffy was a lumberjack in another life. No child has yet been left behind at an event.
Duffy has one of the more interesting résumés in Congress. As well as lumberjacking and working as a bus driver for a year in the ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado, he was a cast member on The Real World: Boston and Road Rules: All Stars, where he and his wife met. Though his national name recognition is probably lower now than during the zenith of his MTV days, he has fans in higher places. If anyone can parlay reality television celebrity into genuine public policy clout—and this would be a big if—it’s Duffy."
Picture of Duffy with his family all dressed in red/black plaid lumber jackets at the link. It's a nice relief from all the stern-ness in most other places.