Congressional candidate Sean Duffy doing well, but still has to defend Real World actions

Sean Duffy, a candidate for Congress who calls himself “pro-life, pro-traditional-marriage, pro-gun, pro-Second Amendment,” is doing well in his campaign, but still has to deal with the repercussions of appearing on The Real World Boston in 1997.

After deciding not to run for Congress in 2004, he announced his candidacy a year ago for retiring Democrat David R. Obey’s seat and said, “I think people want is not to talk about some reality TV program 12 years ago. They want to talk about reality today.”

Try again: The Washington Post reported this week that some voters “are just catching wind of the tree-climbing 38-year-old’s nightclubbing, woman-chasing antics on the 1997 Boston season.”

At a campaign event, Sean told voters, “I was young. 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.” He has five kids with Rachel Campos from The Real World San Francisco.

Still, the paper reports that while Sean’s “chances of winning were rated close to zilch when he entered the race last year to challenge Obey,” now “he is considered a contender for the open seat” and “Duffy is expected to win a primary in September against Dan Mielke, a farmer and self-declared ‘tea party’ candidate who had previously challenged Obey and lost. Mielke is trying to make hay of the wilder Duffy moments caught on tape by MTV, saying they reflect ‘Hollywood’ values. But political observers predict that Duffy, who has raised more than $600,000, will emerge from the primary to challenge state Sen. Julie Lassa, the expected Democratic nominee.”

Will Sean Duffy of ‘The Real World’ be picked to serve in the House? [Washington Post]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.