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 User
Posted Mar 30, 2011 7:49 AM CDT
In this June 30, 2010, file photo congressional candidate Sean Duffy is interviewed in Madison, Wis.   (AP Photo/Ryan Foley, File)

(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.

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Person12345
Mar 31, 2011 3:46 PM CDT
He's got 6 kids. Perhaps he needs a part time job at Planned Parenthood.
oldgoat
Mar 31, 2011 9:19 AM CDT
So if he can't make it on $174K a year how can he expect others to make it on a third of that? Did anybody force him to run? Did the teachers vote for the pay that they get? Sure he has to maintain 2 homes, but he also gets a pretty good health care plan and pension that is probably rated as gold plated also. Others seem to be able to make it OK so I can't feel sorry for him. Maybe before he starts working on budgets he should start learning how to budget his own money first.
Stevep51
Mar 31, 2011 9:16 AM CDT
Only a moron would allow such foolishness to come out of his mouth at a town hall meeting. If we can't see the results of sitting home on Election Day because we're pissed that Obama didn't perform every miracle he promised, then you are simply blind. We have to take what we can get sometimes, just like Obama does, (although he seems to compromise a little early) but you have to show up and vote the democrats into office. Now we can look back on a Pelosi run House and its accomplishments and a Boehner Retirement Home that has hours 3 days a week. WTF!