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.
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