November 15th, 2010
02:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Hill Hallways: It's 'Real World,' Congress for freshman Rep.

Washington (CNN) - Standing outside Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office in the Capitol waiting for a meeting to break up, I bumped into Wisconsin Republican Rep-elect Sean Duffy who was wandering around the second floor of the building on Monday giving himself his first tour of the Capitol.

Sunday was the first time the incoming freshman Republican set foot in the Capitol building and he was especially excited and surprised when House GOP Leader John Boehner took incoming freshmen on the House floor. Duffy told me "it was pretty awesome."

Walking into the Capitol Rotunda and looking up, Duffy said, "I'm speechless, I'm kind of awestruck."

Duffy was on a break from a day long orientation session with fellow freshmen House members.

When asked what lessons his class could draw from the last class of Republicans to take the majority in 1994, he said he and his fellow new Republican classmates plan to focus immediately on "getting our fiscal house in order" and working on economic issues. He said if the 2010 class "loses their way like they did in '94 they will be ushered out more quickly than the class of '94 was."

Duffy said the large size of the Republican freshmen gives them an impact. "We have a group that will have a voice that I don't think is going to be railroaded by leadership."

One issue Duffy said he and other new members would push was to allow freshman to serve on so-called "A committees" like Appropriations and Ways and Means. Those coveted committee assignments are usually reserved for senior members.

Duffy was a member of MTV's reality show "The Real World" during its season in Boston.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Lisa P

    Like sending children into a tiger cage. These wide-eyed "freshmen" are going to be so easily lead by the GOP's corrupt leaders, who already know the tiger pit very very well, it will just be sad. And tragic. We the People are so screwed...

    November 15, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. S Callahan

    Congrats to all the new have a big responsiblity ahead of you.
    Just watch your back and your drinks at the receptions and banquets.....

    November 15, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |