Rep. Sean Duffy: I'm Struggling on $174K a Year

Duffy complains about benefits when asked if he'd take a pay cut

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 30, 2011 7:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – Wisconsin Republican Sean Duffy is taking some heat from liberal blogs like Think Progress over an exchange at a town hall meeting last week, in which he assured constituents that his $174,000 salary wasn't all that great. A constituent told Duffy that his wife, a teacher, was being asked to take a pay cut, and asked how much Duffy made, and if he'd take a cut. In reply, Duffy spent several minutes complaining about his federal benefits, which he says "don't even compare" to the "gold plated" ones he earned as a Wisconsin DA.

Duffy then revealed his $174,000 salary, adding, "I didn't vote on that." The constituent sputtered, "that's three times—that's three of my family's—that's three times what I make." Duffy reiterated that he didn't vote for that salary, but added, "I guarantee that I have more debt than all of you. ... I still pay my mortgage. I drive a used minivan. If you think I'm living high off the hog, I've got one paycheck. So I struggle to pay my bills right now." Of course, if mortgage payments are so weighing on Duffy, Think Progress recommends he sell his second home.

In this June 30, 2010, file photo congressional candidate Sean Duffy is interviewed in Madison, Wis.   (AP Photo/Ryan Foley, File)
Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., questions Consumer Financial Protection Bureau head Elizabeth Warren, on Capitol Hill, March 16, 2011.   (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)
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