Sean Duffy probably won’t need David Obey’s help winning the man’s long-held Wisconsin representative seat. But today he got it.
Rep. David Obey is retiring, news even his staffers were denying as recently as yesterday. But that’s politics for you. Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, today. Guy who pushed an unpopular stimulus package, tomorrow.
Duffy, 38, has been campaigning on fiscal responsibility, an oxymoronic term when used concerning the current Congress but a winning ticket for conservatives running in liberal districts long held by visible liberals, aka Scott Brown’s capture of Ted Kennedy’s seat.
Now, it’s Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District seat’s turn to face a very likely color change. The new kid on the block, who slightly resembled a New Kid On The Block during his reality show stint on MTV’s “Real World Boston” in 1992, has already captured the support of Tim Pawlenty, Sarah Palin, and Tea Parties. But if that wasn’t enough, he also has support from the Man of Steel himself, Superman. Who knew he was into politics. (video below the fold)
Obey, 71, was elected two years before Duffy was even born, according to the New York Times, who couldn’t help noticing the trouble Obey was in back in April. Duffy is now primed to take the Democrat seat with his supporters vowing to “roll with Sean Duffy.”
If these were normal times Duffy wouldn’t have a hope in hell.
But these are not normal times. And Duffy brings some populist talents to the table. He is a D.A., a champion log-roller and lumberjack.
That’s cool and all. Even quirky and distinctly masculine, not a bad combination with Tea Party women loving Scott Brown’s truck and Todd Palin’s…well, just loving Todd. It won’t be, however, what gets him elected. His vow to promote fiscal responsibility very likely could.
David Weigel at the Washington Post asked Duffy if he had changed his opposition to the stimulus package, which Obey helped write, after “two quarters of GDP growth and a month of positive job numbers.” He forgot to mention the national deficit, the debt to China, the nearly 10-percent unemployment numbers for the private sector, or the predicted coming inflation.
Did Duffy change his mind?
“Not at all,” said Duffy. “We have economic cycles. At one point we were going to come out of this. If you think back to February 2009, David Obey and the other folks were saying we were in an emergency. Congress had, if I remember correctly, 24 hours to review the bill. It was urgent for them to pass it. They led us to believe there would be an instant uptick in the economy. And frankly, that didn’t happen. We saw a continual slide. Just because an economy eventually turns around, to say that is because of the stimulus package is misguided. We were told it would keep unemployment at 8 percent — in this district it’s at 12 percent. And we’re looking at $13 trillion in debt. There will be more economic consequences from that debt than any positive consequences from the stimulus package.”
It has not been announced who will fill in for David Obey as the Democrat candidate to run against the likely GOP candidate Sean Duffy.