As if it was needed, here is yet another reminder how out of touch some Congresscritters are with their constituents.
Newly elected representative Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) says he’s “struggling” to pay his bills. His salary is $174,000 a year, but he says he was better off when he was working for the state of Wisconsin as a district attorney.
I can guarantee you, or most of you, I guarantee that I have more debt than all of you. With 6 kids, I still pay off my student loans. I still pay my mortgage. I drive a used minivan. If you think I’m living high on the hog, I’ve got one paycheck. So I struggle to meet my bills right now. Would it be easier for me if I get more paychecks? Maybe, but at this point I’m not living high on the hog.
Most of us would happily enjoy a salary in the six figures to help us deal with our cash flow problems. Apparently, Rep. Duffy doesn’t see it that way.
Here is a link to Duffy’s town hall meeting where he spoke about his money matters.
Talking Points Memo.com, whom Duffy accuses of selectively editing the video of his remarks, reports Duffy is one of the “poorest” members of Congress.
Duffy is one of the poorest members of Congress. OpenSecrets.org, which tracks the money in Congress, ranks Duffy as near the bottom among House members when it comes to his personal net worth.
Here’s a rundown of Duffy’s finances, from the 2009 disclosure form he had to file with the government: his family of 7 (wife plus six kids) is carrying between $250,000 and $500,000 in mortgage debt; between $50,000-$100,000 in student loans; between $15,000-$50,000 in credit card debt; and between $100,000-$250,000 in debt related to the family vacation home, a cabin not too far from his primary residence in Wisconsin.
The Duffy family lives in a 5-bedroom house sitting on 5 acres in Ashland, Wisconsin. The home has a market value of $247,000. They also own a 2-bedroom cabin in Iron River. That house is valued at $229,000.
Duffy’s household reported a total of $154,500 in income in 2009. That included $94,000 in salary from his job back then as county district attorney and $4,500 in income from his side gig as a competitive lumberjack. Duffy’s wife, Rachel Campos-Duffy — who like her husband starred in MTV’s The Real World — brought in $56,000 in salary.
Despite his debt and cash flow problems, Duffy’s pay jumped from $94,000 as a district attorney to $174,000 as a Congressman. I’m finding it a little hard to feel like this guy has any reason to cry poor mouth.
Most folks are trying to make ends meet and if you told me my pay was going up by 85 percent but I had to go to Washington D.C.. to pick up the check, I could find a way to work it out.
It’s still a pay raise even if his cost of living has gone up in the D.C. area. Do what everyone else does. Move to Virginia and commute. Find a cheap apartment with a living room, bedroom and bath. It’s not as if he has to take the wife and six kids along with him.
Or better yet–QUIT and Duffy can take his sorry ass back to Wisconsin. Lots of weirdness coming out of that state lately. What are they putting in the cheese?
Just don’t whine like a crybaby. Nobody wants to hear anyone pulling down six figures wailing how tough they have it.
So you can pretty much cry me a river, Duffy. 😥