A List of Congressman Sean Duffy’s ‘Struggles’

At a town hall meeting in Wisconsin earlier in the year, Rep. Sean Duffy was asked whether he’d vote to cut his $174,000 annual salary. Of course not, because he’s ‘struggling.’


Duffy hemmed and hawed saying his  $174,000 annual salary really isn’t much for his family of seven to live on. But, he does support cuts for all public employees, which echoes Governor Walker’s agenda.



TPM reports a rundown of Duffy’s finances:

…from the 2009 disclosure form he had to file with the government: his family of 7 (wife plus six kids) is carrying between $250,000 and $500,000 in mortgage debt; between $50,000-$100,000 in student loans; between $15,000-$50,000 in credit card debt; and between $100,000-$250,000 in debt related to the family vacation home, a cabin not too far from his primary residence in Wisconsin.

The Duffy family lives in a 5-bedroom house sitting on 5 acres in Ashland, Wisconsin. The home has a market value of $247,000. They also own a 2-bedroom cabin in Iron River. That house is valued at $229,000.

Duffy’s household reported a total of $154,500 in income in 2009. That included $94,000 in salary from his job back then as county district attorney and $4,500 in income from his side gig as a competitive lumberjack. Duffy’s wife, Rachel Campos-Duffy — who like her husband starred in MTV’s The Real World — brought in $56,000 in salary.

View the entire 2009 financial disclosure form here.

To add to his list of ‘struggles’ there’s the electricity bill, which the rest of us don’t have to pay, and then there’s food. We don’t eat, only he does.


While it’s true that Duffy is not making what most of his Congress Critter counterparts are, having a vacation home is hardly a ‘struggle.’ The Duffy vacation home is almost equivalent in value to their family home.


The $15- $50,000 in credit card debt is not ‘struggle’ worthy, considering there was something to gain in their purchases and not all struggling families enjoy having credit card access — nor can they afford to.


Looking at the student loans he’s incurred should be reason enough for Republicans to put aside partisan politics and back President Obama’s signed legislation (as of yesterday), which calls to expand college access for millions of Americans by way of revamping federal student loan programs in what the President called “one of the most significant investments in higher education since the G.I. Bill.”


The loan industry thrives from student loans, making huge profits with little risk.


Fathering six children was his choice and he did have other venues to take if his struggle was too much to bear. A nonprofit called, Planned Parenthood could and would have aided him in considering other options, like birth control.


How I wish I had struggles like Rep. Duffy has. A vacation in a quarter of a million dollar getaway home, sounds heavenly, to say the least. Duffy’s constituents need to remind him of what struggling is. He’s not the only person in his district with six children — some of them are teachers.



  • http://www.facebook.com/sammysings Sammy

    Isn’t he among the group of people who criticize poor people if they own a color TV and “splurge” on basic cable? Maybe he wouldn’t be “struggling” if he lived within his means and ditched the credit cards and hadn’t bought a second home.

  • Driverside

    I just hope the poor guy’s annual income doesn’t creep above the dreaded $250K level, where higher tax rates kick in! Where can I send my donations to help out a struggling plutocrat?

    • http://FreakOutNation.com Anomaly100

      @Driverside, I’m thinking of taking up a collection. I have some apples. He can eat them or sell them for a nickel each.

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  • Neosopheus

    What does $174,000 a year break down to a month after taxes? $12,000? Oh I bet he is struggling on 12 g’s a month. It’s high time for Congress to lead by example and take an across the board pay cut as well as paying more towards their benefits. Then maybe they will think twice about the majority of people who are making far less than that…

    • http://FreakOutNation.com Anomaly100

      @Neosopheus, I would gladly take his ‘struggles’ from him at $12K a month. Politicians are asking the working class to sacrifice, yet this man bitches about a vast income, which most of us can not comprehend because we’re already underpaid. (I definitely include myself in that category!)

      • Neosopheus

        @Anomaly100, That $174,000 is just the starting pay and doesn’t include health insurance benefits or any other perks. And to top it all off, they actually have to vote to NOT get a raise. Otherwise they get one automatically. Must be really hard to have it so rough…

        • http://FreakOutNation.com Anomaly100

          @Neosopheus, I’m drooling. I really want to have it that rough.