Campaign 2010

Feb 01, 2012

Fool Me Twice? Congressman Duffy Complained About His $174,000 Taxpayer Funded Salary

Wisconsinites haven't forgotten that Congressman Duffy complained about his $174,000 taxpayer funded salary at a town hall meeting, telling his constituents, "I struggle." So Congressman Duffy’s attempt now to hide his out of touch misstatements by proposing a pay-freeze just sounds like a desperate plea in the 2012 election year.

 

“Congressman Duffy looked middle class Wisconsinites in the eye and complained about his taxpayer-funded $174,000 salary, but it’s going to take more than political posturing in Washington to cover his out of touch agenda," said Haley Morris of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "After voting to end Medicare just to give tax breaks to billionaires, Congressman Duffy is clearly worried that his salary and his seat in Congress is in jeopardy. It will be more than a pay-freeze when Wisconsin voters reject Congressman Duffy this election.”

 

Background

 

Duffy Complained About Receiving a $174,000 Salary. In March, video of Sean Duffy from an Amery, WI town hall meeting showed the congressman telling a constituent, “I struggle to meet my bills right now.” The same constituent pointed out to Duffy that his congressional salary is “three times” his own to which Duffy replied, “I guarantee that I have more debt than all of you.” [Talking Points Memo, 3/29/11]

 

Duffy Voted to End Medicare, Lower Taxes on the Rich. On April 15, 2011, House Republicans voted for the FY12 Republican budget which “would essentially end Medicare” and which would lower the nation’s top tax rate from 35% to 25%. [H Con Res 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11; The New Republic, 4/20/11]

 

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