From 'Real World' to politics

Two reality show alumni are running for political office

Film and TV stars have often tried to make the leap to the political stage.

But this year, two men who appeared on MTV's "Real World" in the past are running for political seats in New York and Wisconsin.

"I think it is great preparation for someone who wants to be in government and who wants to represent all the people in the district," "Real World" co-creator and producer Jonathan Murray told The Daily Beast about why their TV past may help them.

In Brooklyn's 10th District, Democrat Kevin Powell (who was on the MTV reality show's first season in NYC in 1992) is running against incumbent Edolphus Towns, while Sean Duffy (a "Real World" Boston 1997 alumn before he appeared on "Road Rules: All Stars" and later had stints on ESPN) is a Republican candidate -- backed by Sarah Palin -- in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District.

"Notoriety is great, but it doesn't really mean anything if you don't actually use it to help people and that's my position and that's been my position for a very long time and I'm 44 years old," Powell told The Daily Beast. "I'm not that 25- or 26-year-old kid that was on MTV. I'm far from that at this point."