Rep. Duffy speaks out for first time since decision to leave Congress

Rep. Duffy speaks out for first time since decision to leave Congress


STEVE: THEY WORKED OUT THE SATELLITE BUGS, SO LET’S GO BACK TO WAS SAW, WISCONSIN, CONGRESSMAN SEAN DUFFY JOINS US. YESTERDAY HE ANNOUNCED HE IS RETIRING FROM CONGRESS. THERE SEATED NEXT TO HIM HIS WIFE, OUR FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR RACHEL CAMPOS-DUFFY. THE REASON GIVEN WAS YOU WANTED TO RETIRE FROM CONGRESS, CONGRESSMAN, TO DEAL WITH THE HEALTH COMPLICATIONS OF YOUR UNBORN CHILD, SO TELL US ABOUT DISCOVERING WHAT THE PROBLEMS WERE.>>YEAH. SO NOT LONG AGO WE FOUND OUT THAT OUR LITTLE BABY HAS A COUPLE HOLES IN THE HEART. SO AFTER SHE IS BORN, WHETHER IT’S TWO TO SIX MONTHS AFTER LIFE, SHE IS GOING TO NEED OPEN HEART SURGERY. THEY HAVE TO CRACK HER OPEN AND FIX THE HEART. THEY WALKED US THROUGH THIS YESTERDAY. I ANNOUNCED I WAS LEAVING CONGRESS AS I WAS WALKING IN TO MEET WITH THE HEART DOCTOR ABOUT WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THE BABY. I LOVE POLITICS BUT I LOVE MY FAMILY. I THINK IT’S ALWAYS A BALANCE AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT BRIAN MENTIONED BEFORE WE WENT TO THE LAST BREAK, I MEAN, THE SCHEDULES ARE GRUELING. I’M OUT IN D.C. FOUR DAYS A WEEK AND I’M BACK WITH RACHEL. WHEN I’M BACK HERE WITH RACHEL AND THE KIDS, I HAVE A BIG DISTRICT AND YOU HAVE TO TRAVEL AROUND AND SEE PEOPLE AND WE GET BEAT UP A LITTLE BIT AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. WE ARE FAVORITE PUNCHING BAGS. BUT THEY ARE REALLY HARD ON FAMILIES. AND I DIDN’T DIE. I KIND OF FELT LIKE I WAS AT MY FUNERAL YESTERDAY. I WILL FIGURE OUT DIFFERENT THINGS TO DO WHERE I CAN HAVE A BETTER BALANCE WHERE I CAN SUPPORT RACHEL AND THE KIDS. BUT NOT WITH THE SAME SCHEDULE THAT I HAVE AS A U.S. CONGRESSMAN. AINSLEY: RACHEL –>>I WOULD JUST ADD EVERY CONGRESSIONAL FAMILY I’M A CONGRESSIONAL SPOUSE AS WELL AS BEING A CONTRIBUTOR FOR YOU GUYS AND WHEN THE SPOUSES ALL GET TOGETHER, WE ALL TALK ABOUT WORK LIFE BALANCE FOR OUR FAMILIES. IT’S A REALLY TOUGH THING TO DO. IT’S TOUGH IF YOU HAVE TWO KIDS. IT’S REALLY ROUGH WITH NINE. WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR SIGNS. IT’S NOT THE ONLY REASON, IT’S JUST AN INDICATION OF THE BANDWIDTH IS GETTING REALLY TIGHT HERE AND AT SOME POINT YOU HAVE JUST GOT TO PUT YOUR FAMILY FIRST. I FEEL REALLY PROUD OF WHAT SEAN HAS DONE IN 8 AND A HALF YEARS IN CONGRESS. I THINK THE REPUBLICANS HAVE SAVED AMERICAN CAPITALISM. IT’S A BLUE COLLAR RECOVERY RIGHT HERE IN WISCONSIN. IT WASN’T THAT WAY WHEN HE STARTED. THE ECONOMY WAS DEFINITELY IN DECLINE OVER HERE IN NORTH AND CENTRAL WISCONSIN. I FEEL LIKE, YOU KNOW, SEAN, I’M REALLY PROUD OF WHAT HE HAS DONE.>>THANK YOU. AND IT’S JUST WORKED OUT. AINSLEY: HOW ARE YOU DOING? I’M SURE WHEN YOUR DOCTOR GAVE YOU THAT NEWS HEART BROKEN AS A MOM. TELL US ABOUT THAT EXPERIENCE. HOW ARE YOU DOING?>>WELL, YOU KNOW, THE INITIAL NEWS WAS SHOCKING. BUT, YOU KNOW, I THINK WE LIVE IN A TIME OF AMAZING TECHNOLOGY. I FEEL REALLY CONFIDENT WHEN I MEET WITH THE DOCTORS. THEY WALK YOU THROUGH EVERYTHING. I HAVE BEEN GETTING SO MANY PEOPLE WHO I HAD NO IDEA THEIR KIDS HAD BEEN THROUGH THIS, TOO. WHO HAVE REACHED OUT TO US. AND ARE OFFERING ADVICE AND TELLING US, YOU KNOW, WHAT THEY DID AND WHAT TO EXPECT. SO, IT’S BEEN AMAZING. YESTERDAY, THE OUTPOURING OF LOVE AND SUPPORT THAT WE RECEIVED WAS PRETTY OVERWHELMING. NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH IS FROM ALL MY COLLEAGUES AT FOX AND I REALLY WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY WHO REACHED OUT. IT REALLY WAS VERY TOUCHING. BRIAN: RACHEL, HAS ANY OF YOUR OTHER KIDS GONE THROUGH THIS? OUR SEAN, ANY OTHERS DID YOU HAVE CHALLENGES LIKE THIS?>>NO. THAT’S WHY IT WAS A LITTLE SHOCKING. WE HAVE HAD PRETTY EASY BIRTHS AND REALLY HEALTHY KIDS.>>WE HAD REALLY EASY BIRTHS. [LAUGHTER] SHE IS GREAT AT HAVING BABIES. THIS IS THE FIRST ONE WE HAVE HAD WITH COMPLICATIONS. AND, YOU KNOW WHAT? IT’S PRETTY EASY FOR US IN THE SENSE THAT WE’RE LIVES. WE BELIEVE IN WHATEVER GIFTS GOD GIVES US WE ACCEPT THEM AND THIS IS GOING TO A TO BE A GREAT GIFT. YEAH IT’S GOING TO BE A LITTLE MORE STRESSFUL. THIS BABY WILL HAVE 8 OTHER SIBLINGS TO WRAP THEIR LOVING ARMS AROUND HER. WE WILL DO IT AS A FAMILY. WE WILL FIGURE OUT A DIFFERENT WAY TO BALANCE OUR LIVES. BUT THIS LITTLE BABY COULDN’T HAVE A BETTER MORE LOVING HOME TO COME INTO. WE ARE EXCITED FOR HER TO COME AND BUT IT’S GOING TO BE EASIER FOR HER, TOO. NOT TO HAVE HER DAD FLYING BACK AND FORTH TO WASHINGTON, D.C. SOMEONE ELSE CAN SAVE AMERICA, BRIAN, STEVE, AND AINSLEY, I’M GOING TO TAKE A BREAK. I’M GOING TO COME BACK TO POLITICS. I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M GOING TO DO. IT’S JUST AT THIS TIME I NEED TO TAKE A MOMENT AND MAKE SURE RACHEL AND I AND THIS BABY ARE HEALTHY AND DOING WELL. STEVE: CONGRESSMAN, I’M SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT HEALTHCARE FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS ON THIS PROGRAM AND ALL ACROSS DINNER TABLES AROUND AMERICA, A LOT OF THE PEOPLE ARE GOING WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE? YOU HAVE GOT HEALTH INSURANCE RIGHT NOW. WHAT IS YOUR PLAN BECAUSE THEN THE CHILD WOULD HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, I WOULD IMAGINE, IF YOU ARE GOING TO SWITCH HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS, FLIGHT YOU HAVE THOUGHT OF ALL OF THIS ALREADY?>>YEAH. I HAVE. JUST SO YOU KNOW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DON’T GET HEALTH INSURANCE FOR LIFE. I KNOW YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN AN EMAIL TO THAT EFFECT. CAN I GET ON A COBRA PLAN AFTER I LEAVE CONGRESS FOR 18 MONTHS. WE PAY THE FULL BOAT FOR THAT SO WE CAN TRANSITION AND WITH THE CONDITION OF THE BABY, WE HAVE THAT COMPLETE COVERAGE. BUT, YEAH, YOU ARE RIGHT. I HAD TO LOOK AT THAT AND MAKE SURE THAT WITH OPEN HEART SURGERY WE HAD COVERAGE TO MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, WE COULD PAY FOR THAT AND WE HAVE GOT THAT WORKED OUT. SO, THANK GOD THAT’S NOT A CONSIDERATION AS WE LOOK TO THE BIRTH. BRIAN: NOW, RACHEL, WE TALK ABOUT WHAT’S NEXT. AND CAN I MAKE A SUGGESTION? OF COURSE YOU WOULD HAVE TO GREEN LIGHT. THIS BUT SEAN HAS SO MANY SKILLS, IS HE A LUMBERJACK BY TRADE. WE GO BACK TO WORKING IN THE WOODS? PUT ON THE PLAID AND THE THERMAL T-SHIRT AND GO BACK OUT THERE? AINSLEY: OR BACK TO THE REAL WORLD? RACHEL: ACTUALLY, WE USED TO, BEFORE WE MOVED TO WAUSAU WE LIVED IN A HOUSE THAT DID HAVE A WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE AND SEAN — BEFORE SEAN WAS A CONGRESSMAN HE HAD A LOT MORE TIME AND HE ACTUALLY DID CHOP THE WOOD I’ M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT.>>THAT WAS 15 TO 20 POUNDS AGO. NOW IT WOULD BE TOUGHER. I’M NOT GOING TO BE LAWN MOWING. AINSLEY: REPUBLICAN STRONG HOLD I KNOW THE PRESIDENT WON BY 21 POINTS. YOU BEAT YOUR OPPONENT IN THE MIDTERM ELECTION CYCLE BY 22 POINTS. WHAT HAPPENS? IS THERE A SPECIAL ELECTION?>>WELL, THE SPECIAL ELECTION, THIS IS A REPUBLIC LEANING SEAT. DEMOCRATS HAVE A LOT MORE MONEY THAN REPUBLICANS SMALL DOLLAR DONORS IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ARE A LOT MORE AGGRESSIVE THAN THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. IF WE GET IF WE OET IF WE OUTSPENT 2 TO 1 I THINK IT COULD BE CHALLENGING. I THINK WHEN THIS SEAT AND LOVE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONSERVATIVE POLICIES IN OUR ECONOMY I THINK WE WILL HOLD THE SEAT IT. WILL BE A RAUCOUS RACE. PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED US YESTERDAY AND SPECIFICALLY RACHEL, TOO. AND JUST GAVE US HIS WELL-WISHES AND SENT US HIS LOVE. ON AIR FORCE ONE COMING BACK FROM THE G7 AND TOOK THE TIME TO CALL US. I THINK IT SPEAKS A LOT ABOUT THE PRESIDENT AND HOW HE VALUES FAMILY AS WELL AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS REALLY COOL OF HIM. STEVE: WELL, IT WAS REALLY GOOD TO HEAR YOUR STORY FIRST HAND FROM BOTH OF YOU AFTER THE NEWS BROKE YESTERDAY.

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100 thoughts on “Rep. Duffy speaks out for first time since decision to leave Congress”

  • Rep. Sean Duffy and Rachel Campos-Duffy, God bless you two and all your lovely children and trust in God that your unborn child will be normal. May our blessed Mother Mary pray and intercede for the healing of your unborn child. I will pray for you and your loved ones.

  • Bad decisions to make there's a way to support your wife and your child and still Serve your Country in Congress . When the Democratic want to Change America Culture to Socialism and that why , Republicans lost the House because Too many Republicans are tiring for " Families Issues " . Bad Decisions .

  • I wonder what Duffy's polls were like before he made this decision.
    In any case I pray the baby will pull through & live a healthy life

  • great for Sean as a father, I appreciate that but the (, this isn't the only reason from Rachael to cause concern) gives me concern I mean you gave how many kids?! if your district is sold out than we'll know the payday

  • SCARFACE63 CAPONE09 says:

    The Democratic Party Embezzled a lot more money from the American Tax Payer 💵💵💵💵💵💰💰💰💰💰💵💵💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💸💸💸💸💸

    CORRUPTED MF’S

  • Maddy Vallawayga says:

    “Crack her open” !?!?? Surely you could find a better choice of words Congressman! She’s not a chestnut! I hope and pray she will be happy and lives a full life. God bless.

  • Seems like this has happened more often than any time I can remember. At least 3 and I think dems picked off one of those seats. I know life happens….but, c'mon…anyone else think ol'boy is getting paid to abandon his post?

  • Picking4 acause says:

    Hope everything works out for the Duffy Family. Wish you all the Best. May God be with you. You will be missed Rep Duffy! You're a good man!

  • man I Love Duffy ! Hes a REAL conservative…i Hope he still helps with The Fight ! along with his family situation… God Bless them ! But PLEASE Sean …never stop fighting the Good Fight ! I Know you will !

  • When has a congressman been of any help for families in their districts while families are destroyed on many fronts , marital domestic / courts , medical child kidnapping , foster care/kids taken from stable homes . Remind Me and the nation who do they help ??

  • Raven Hatfield says:

    So, his wife and all of his children will get TAXPAYER FUNDED HEALTHCARE, but he is against single-payer for the rest of us.

    Quite the poster child for GOP hypocrites on parade.

  • Taking care of his pregnant wife my foot… Duffy HAD to leave bcoz the FBI have huge evidence of his wrongdoings and threatening him to ditch Trump. He got no other option

  • 01. 「Left」⇒「Dark CIA」⇒ 「Computer」⇒ 「IBM= Damy BIOS」⇒ 「Intel= CPU+LAN」
    02.「Left」⇒「Dark CIA」⇒ 「Computer」⇒ 「IBM= BlackHole」(Dark Server) ⇒ L.A.
    03.「Left」⇒「Dark CIA」⇒ 「Dark Boss」⇒ 「Escape / F35-A」 ⇒ 「Now」= Philippine ?
    04. 「Left」⇒「Dark CIA」⇒ 「Obama / Clinton」⇒「Escape」from USA ? ⇒ Where ?

  • Putting family first is important. I remember them both from their MTV Real World days. So glad to see them come so far.

  • Wilhelm Geisler says:

    CONGRESSMAN DUFFY & HIS WIFE ARE WONDERFUL CHRISTIANS & PATRIOTIC AMERICANS!!! MY WIFE OF 49 YRS & I WISH THEM ALL GOD’S LOVE & PROTECTION AS WELL AS A SPEEDY, SUCCESSFUL RECOVERY & GOOD HEALTH FOR THEIR NEWIST DAUGHTER!!! WE ARE BLESSED WITH FOUR WONDERFUL NOW GROWN SONS, ALL ARMY VETS, TWO IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN COMBAT VETS, AND OUR YOUNGEST (34 YRS) IS NOW 60% DISABLED FROM SERIOUS WOUNDS FROM HIS SECON AFGHANISTAN COMBAT TOUR. OUR SONS HAVE BLESSED US WITH TEN DYNAMIC, HEALTHY GRAND CHILDREN! THE TWO ELDEST ARE RAPIDLY GROWING INTO BEAUTIFUL, YOUNG, & HEALTHY AMERICAN WOMEN!!! AMEN & AMEN!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA & OUR GREAT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 🇺🇸, DONALD J. TRUMP!!!!!!! ✝️🙏🇺🇸❤️✝️🙏🇺🇸❤️✝️🙏🇺🇸❤️✝️🙏🇺🇸❤️✝️🙏🇺🇸❤️✝️🙏🇺🇸❤️✝️🙏🇺🇸❤️✝️🙏🇺🇸❤️✝️🙏🇺🇸❤️✝️🙏🇺🇸❤️✝️🙏🇺🇸❤️✝️🙏🇺🇸❤️

  • Regarding the old REPUKE LIE about Roe v Wade. EDUCATE yourself, mouth breathers!!! Roe v Wade was brought to you by a MAJORITY of REPUBLICON APPOINTED SUPREME COURT JUDGES!!!! So WRONG for so long. Republicons, MASTERS at BEARING FALSE WITNESSES. You're all going to hell. 😂

  • So falling for Borat’s “we hope to train 4-year-olds” to use mortars and automatic weapons had nothing to do with this moron stepping down?

  • It’s horrible to have a child/baby with an illness. I hope it all turns out well . I will say I’m glad he’s leaving Congress for many reasons a few being his corruption, treasonous bills passed, Racist bills passed on immigrants and their children, ripping healthcare away from Americans who also have children that are deathly sick with no concern from Duffy!! I’m glad he’s leaving

  • Duffy voted repeatedly not only to repeal the Affordable Care Act (and its protections mandating affordable coverage for those with so-called “pre-existing conditions,” like his unborn daughter), but actually, specifically opposing legislation that would have blocked the Trump administration’s guidelines allowing states to promote “junk” insurance policies which do not provide such protections. And, predictably, Duffy did all this with no Republican “alternative” plan proposed, much less in place.

    Instead, the gentleman from Wisconsin voted for the so-called “Trumpcare” legislation that, had it passed, would have allowed insurers to charge whatever they want for millions of Americans beset with “pre-existing conditions.” Like his ninth kid. I'm sure he's thankful now that he was unsuccessful.

    I do hope the baby has a full rich life. My niece was born with this condition and after 8 open heart surgeries and a transplant she is a young adult.

  • The father, who is usually the head of the family, and in this family, the father of EIGHT, is quitting his VERY GOOD, HIGH-PAYING JOB to be Mr. Mom, and the mother, pregnant with #9 who will be born with health issues, WILL CONTINUE TO WORK – what is wrong with this picture, people??? Sounds like Mommy puts herself and her ego before family – despicable! Those poor kids…

  • Marites Fernandez says:

    I salute with all respect to Rep Duffy and his wife, Rachel. This is amazing. God bless you as a family and I wish your daughter healing and wellness by God's grace.

  • Personally… I would very much worry about the wee one. I had twin boys. The smaller of the two, which was still almost 8 pounds, had what sounds like the same problems. My doctor called it transposition of the major vessels and holes in his heart. In his 4 short days on this planet, he underwent 3 surgeries. One of which was an open heart surgery. My wee one did not make it. So when I heard them say what was wrong with their little one…My heart just sank.. I do hope all goes well for her…and Mom and Dad too.. I will be praying for them all…

  • Please know. Despite all the nay-sayers. PRAYER'S DO WORK. And Millions of WE THE PEOPLE will be praying for the entire Duffy family. Think positive. Medicine today does work Wonders. GOD BLESS.

  • Thanks to all of the THUMBS DOWN people who posted their hatred here. Odd thing is. GOD, and all of us will be PRAYING FOR YOU Too! That's the difference between your Hatred, and our ability to Love.

  • I could tell as soon as they started talking they were Republicans now just think about that for a second intelligent articulate family values the reason I left the Democratic Party and move to the Republican Party

  • LaFayette Arises says:

    Good on Sean, his family must always come first and I am so impressed with him having more than the obligatory 2 children. Well done to the Duffys for this.

  • it's none of our fricken business why he is leaving Congress. He's smart to get the hell off the sinking ship.
    Good luck with your birth of your child.

  • Pretty Prudent says:

    Beta Male.  Left his job that supports his family (probably by his wife's coercing).  With 9 kids, she has no business working outside that home.

  • My nephew was born with 2 holes in his heart. They did not close so when he was one he had open heart surgery to fix them. Prayers to your family.

  • Did they get second & third opinions? Democrats are known for their corrupt, evil & racist ways. Not one Republican EVER owned a slave.

  • Here's what I'm hoping. First, the Congress is going to miss Duffy. He's smart, and knows what he's talking about. I hope he and his beautiful family comes through their personal battles to come. And I hope he's ready for the 2024 election . Cause I think President of the United States, Sean Duffy has a Great sound to it. I'm already promoting, Duffy for President 2024!!! Thumbs up if you agree!

  • Conservative Hamster says:

    maybe it's just that politics is too stressful, and has a dark/evil/immoral side that just wears you out over time. i completely understand. i would have wanted out of politics too if i were in the field.

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