San Francisco-Bashing GOPer Sean Duffy Raised Campaign Cash in…San Francisco

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.)<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/5449729482/sizes/m/in/photostream/">Gage Skidmore</a>/Flickr

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Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.), an alumnus of MTV’s Real World (Class of ’97, Boston) who rode the 2010 tea party wave into Congress, doesn’t much like the campaign trackers affiliated with the outfit SuperPAC Credo following him around his northwestern Wisconsin district. That super-PAC is arm of the progressive phone company Credo Mobile, which is based in San Francisco. Late last month, Duffy went out of his way to bash the trackers on his trail as “a group of four of these radicals from San Francisco.” Ouch. (Trackers, mind you, are fixtures of the campaign trail in Congressional elections.)

But Duffy’s disdain for liberal San Francisco didn’t prevent him from jetting out west Tuesday to raise some campaign cash. As the San Francisco Chronicle reported, Duffy appeared alongside House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) at a $1,000-a-head fundraiser at San Francisco’s posh Presidio Golf Club.

Here’s the invitation:

Via the San Francisco ChronicleVia the San Francisco Chronicle

Duffy hasn’t had any trouble raising money his first term in office. His campaign haul to date totals $1.38 million, and he has $960,857 cash on hand, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Duffy’s haul puts him in the top-third in fundraising for all members of Congress. Not bad for a freshman.

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