Sean Duffy says he “struggles” with $174K salary in video Republicans want removed

The Real World Boston cast member and now member of Congress Sean Duffy told a constituent, “I struggle to meet my bills right now,” and said “At this point, I’m not living high off the hog,” even though he now makes $174,000 a year as a Representative. More hilariously, Republicans are trying to get the video removed from the Internet to prevent further embarrassment. One might have imagined that Sean would know something about the consequences of speaking in front of cameras.

Talking Points Memo runs down the Polk County, Wisconsin, Republicans’ efforts to get the video offline–and includes the clip they don’t want you to see. It starts with a constituent telling Sean, “174,000, that’s three times … what I make.” Sean then defends himself by saying he has six kids, which of course he was forced to produce, and insists, “I guarantee I have more debt than all of you.” It’s very awkward.

Sean’s spokesperson told the Wausau Daily Herald, “He was simply pointing out that he’s no stranger to tough times. … He’s serious about facing the fiscal crisis head-on, and he’s not interested in scoring cheap political points.”

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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