The College Republicans hosted Representative Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) on Tuesday night at 8 pm in SMPA 309. Duffy has represented Wisconsin’s seventh district since 2010.
Prior to joining Congress, Duffy was a nationally recognized professional lumberjack athlete and cast member on MTV’s The Real World, where he met his wife. As a Representative to Wisconsin’s seventh district, Duffy pushed for reforming how the country prosecutes child sex crimes. His work helped make Ashland County, Wis. one of the first counties in the state to investigate and prosecute child internet sex crimes.
During his lecture, Duffy focused on the current state of the Republican Party, commenting that they are projected to be successful in the 2014 midterm election.
However, he also said that the party needs to work on unity and cannot embrace a, “All-or-nothing” governing approach because this leads to stagnation. “Republicans do not have the luxury of waiting for a bill to be perfectly conservative,” said Duffy. He added that there needs to be some compromise between members of the party, otherwise conservative legislation will never be passed. “I think our party is big enough for Ted Cruz and Scott Brown to work together,” said Duffy.
Duffy remarked on current issues within the government. He spent the most time speaking about Obamacare, Social Security and Medicare, and immigration reform.
While admitting that President Obama may be, “a cool guy,” referring to Obama’s Internet presence and recent appearance on Between Two Ferns, Duffy said, “This doesn’t mean his policies are any good.” Duffy argued for a market based healthcare system and believes Social Security and Medicare problems should have been tackled before moving on to healthcare reform.
Congressman Duffy talked briefly about his views on immigration reform and how the border needs to be secured, while also realizing that immigrants are looking for a better life. “These immigrants should be allowed to work and pay taxes, but must apply to be a citizen just like everyone else,” said the Congressman.
Duffy also addressed the contraception case currently being debated in the Supreme Court. Although he admitted that many people don’t agree with Hobby Lobby’s anti-contraception arguments, he agreed that their beliefs are supported by the first amendment.
“Hobby Lobby has a right to say that if they have a moral objection…and it’s a legitimate moral objection…they do not have to believe in birth control,” said Duffy.
Leaving students with one final message, Duffy said, “Do reality television.” He emphasized that the media is inherently liberal and the only way to change that is for young conservatives to make their voices heard within Hollywood and the media culture.