Duffy, 39, may be best known for his turn on MTV's The Real World or perhaps as a five-time world-champion log climber. But in northwestern Wisconsin, the Republican is thought of as the district attorney who cracked down on child sex crimes. That law-and-order rep has made him the front runner for the state's 7th Congressional District seat. And his clever television commercials, in which he out-lumberjacks his rivals, have gone viral.
Who is your political hero/inspiration?
If you weren't working in politics, what would you be doing?
I loved my job as a prosecutor. If I wasn't running for Congress I'd still be a DA and a lumberjack competitor.
What's the most overlooked issue facing America these days?
The most overlooked issue facing America is the economic nuclear bomb we have given to China thanks to Washington's inability to reign in spending. Our reliance on China to fund projects we can't afford does not come without serious national security implications.
Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?
I'm a father and a husband first. In five years, I hope representing Wisconsin's 7th District will also be on that list.