September 16th, 2010
12:28 PM ET
13 years ago

Sean Duffy wants to take his ax to D.C.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Wisconsin Congressional candidate Sean Duffy is out Thursday with a new ad."] (CNN) - In a new campaign commercial, Wisconsin's resident lumberjack shows that he's come a long way since Boston.

Sean Duffy, a former cast member of MTV's reality shows "Real World Boston" and "Road Rules: All Stars" and a two-time champion professional lumberjack athlete who's now the Republican nominee for Wisconsin's 7th congressional district, released an ad Wednesday that depicts how he says he'll tackle the physical challenge of chopping the national debt.

In the commercial, Duffy uses his lumberjack lineage to bolster his pledge to "topple the big spending in Washington," and boasts that he's "always been quick to take on a big piece of timber" while standing atop the aforementioned piece of wood. After he chopping the top off, Duffy promises to "bring the ax to Washington."

Duffy, a former district attorney who was endorsed earlier this year by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, easily won the GOP primary on Tuesday. He now faces state Senator Julie Lassa, the Democratic nominee, in the general election this fall. Lassa was first elected to Wisconsin's Senate at age 27. The winner will succeed longtime Democratic Rep. David Obey, who announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election.

Filed under: 2010 • Sean Duffy • Wisconsin
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Ken

    I guess he figured that since Brown has his truck, he will make people think he is just a good ol boy with an ax.

    September 16, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. IEK

    Ok, but the deficit isn't actually a piece of timber. So what are you actually going to DO?

    September 16, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Minnesotan

    This guy is a joke, which is why he's a perfect Republican candidate.

    September 16, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. D.Tree

    Corny. Just another wannabe politician playing a part like an actor in a movie.

    September 16, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Closet member of NAMBLA if I ever saw one haha

    You're a lumberjack but not ok.

    September 16, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Him and Joe Miller should go take a hike and chop down some timber to build their own little nutjob compound for people that think just like them.

    September 16, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Aaaaah, just another of the GOP's vapid rhetorical parrot brigade. Nothing to see here. Moving on....

    September 16, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sean Duffy is as fake as "Duff Beer" from off the Simpsons.

    September 16, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. gg

    Another right wing Hollywood Republican. What a complete phony.

    September 16, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Jeff

    He's a lumberjack and he's okay.

    September 16, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. shoegazer

    "always been quick to take on a big piece of timber".....Having been endorsed by Sarah Palin,I guess one could ascertain that applies to

    September 16, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Zede

    "how he'll tackle the physical challenge of chopping the national debt."

    The national debt isn't exactly a physical object? Does Duffy have anything but blunt metaphors and bulky muscles to offer?

    September 16, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. vic, Nashville TN

    Republicans don’t believe themselves but the believe in arms

    September 16, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What does he plan on cutting? Is he willing to acknowledge that there needs to be some serious tax increases? I would hope that he would be willing to entertain the notion. The gasoline tax needs to be raised to cover the road repairs that need to be done as well as to advance the rail road building.

    September 16, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. RN

    leave this dufus in the north woods – he does not belong in DC.

    September 16, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Sara, Wisconsin

    Great! Make us all look like a bunch of backwoods bumpkins while you're at it.
    If you want the House seat., go after it on the issues and with something that makes you look intelligent or something like that.

    September 16, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. Run for Congress to serve....!

    The country is broken because of self-serving pary oriented politicians in Washington. what we need is : "We the people candidtated to serve the people and the country. The Tea-party is a grassroots movement of good Americans who want to see the country whole again. The Tea-party candidates have their hearts in the right place and will keep their hands out of peoples pockets."

    All politicians and now Tea-party candidates must learn to keep out of peoples privates lives; in other words :"Stay out of the Nations bedrooms...............!

    September 16, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Why are the republicans so violent in their words and actions?

    Buying guns, loading guns, knocking, chopping, grizzlies, etc.

    What's with all the religious right and their jihad on all things Ameican?

    September 16, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. lforlegend

    He won't chop anything. If elected, he'll some be in the hip pocket of the powerful lobbyist and big biz. He lies too.

    September 16, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. BB

    This dude is a "Tool".
    Get this goofy guy out of Politics.
    We need serious people, people who will hard for ALL of us.
    The fruitcakes that are being voted for in these Primaries
    have no clue....they just use the Bat Crazy Palin's phrases and that's all they have.....they stand for nothing on their own.
    We all know they're a few cards short of a full deck.....but my lord...what does it say about the people who vote for them???
    Just Imagine...we live amongst these folks!!!!

    September 16, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. steven harnack

    Where do they find these clowns? This new crop of Republicans all remind me of Burt Lancaster in "Elmer Gantry"! I'm gonna chop big spendin' an' I'm gonna rassle big spendin' an' I'm gonna beat on big spendin' with my bible until big spendin' pleads for mercy!

    September 16, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. water bearer

    Yeah, much as it pains me to admit it we have morons in Wisconsin too.

    September 16, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Marry

    Duffy – a very simplistic and primitive approach, don’t you think?

    September 16, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. New Age Independant

    I don't think it will make it pass the metal detectors.. Nice try though!

    September 16, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. aunt Bea and Opie

    Beavers have more brains than this circus act.

    September 16, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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