Randal Pinkett may be New Jersey lt. governor candidate; Sean Duffy running for Congress

Apprentice 4 winner Randal Pinkett is on the short list to become the New Jersey’s Democratic candidate for lieutenant governer, while Real World Boston alum Sean Duffy is running for Congress.

Randal is on incumbent New Jersey governor Jon Corzine’s short list to be his running mate. It “includes Sens. Barbara Buono of Middlesex and Loretta Weinberg of Bergen, and one of those ‘out of the box’ contenders: Randal Pinkett, a Rutgers grad and Rhodes Scholar,” the Star-Ledger reports. Corzine likely won’t announce his decision until next week, however, but if he picks the former apprentice, PolitickerNJ notes that Randal would “become the first African American to run statewide as a major party candidate in New Jersey.”

Besides his work for Donald Trump, Randal previously served as part of Newark mayor-elect Cory Brooker’s transition team, never mind the rest of his extensive experience.

Meanwhile, Sean Duffy, who has been the Ashland County, Wisconsin, district attorney since 2002, “announced plans to run for the seat in 2010 held by Rep. Dave Obey, D-Wausau, for the last 40 years,” the Superior Telegram reported. He previously flirted with the idea of running in 2004, but cited his “growing family,” and back then he only had three kids.

The Republican and lumberjack world champion is married to Real World San Francisco star Rachel Campos, and now they have five kids. Here’s video of Sean at an April political rally (it’s one of those ideological orgies; someone yells “hang them all” when he mentions Timothy Geithner) and explaining why he’s running, both of which seem slightly odd because he sounds just like his Real World self, but he also suddenly sounds like a politician.

As to his reality TV past, which in 2003 he said he’d “moved beyond, Sean now says, “When I did that show I didn’t know I was going to run for Congress. And I’m sure that there are things on that show that are going to embarrass me [now] that I’m a father of five and DA, but that’s OK. But what I think people want is not to talk about some reality TV program 12 years ago. They want to talk about reality today.”

Jon Corzine and Chris Christie’s short lists for lieutenant governor [Star-Ledger]
Pinkett would be first Black to run statewide in N.J. [PolitickerNJ]
Duffy to challenge Obey in congressional race [Superior Telegram]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.