CNN hires former GOP Rep. Sean Duffy

CNN hires former GOP Rep. Sean Duffy
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CNN has hired former Rep. Sean DuffySean DuffyOn The Money: Trump seeks to shift spotlight from impeachment to economy | Appropriators agree to Dec. 20 funding deadline | New study says tariffs threaten 1.5M jobs Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR Trump's defenders are running out of options MORE (R-Wis.), a staunch supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE, "State of the Union" host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperLawmakers spar over upcoming Sondland testimony Murphy: Sondland has to decide if his loyalty is to America or Trump House Intelligence Republican: Trump Yovanovitch tweet 'not witness intimidation' MORE announced.

“Let’s bring in new CNN contributor, commentator and former congressman Sean Duffy,” Tapper said Sunday morning. “Thank you for being here and congratulations on joining the CNN family.”

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Duffy announced his retirement from Congress during the summer to spend more time with his family.

The 48-year-old and his wife, Fox News contributor and Fox Nation host Rachel Campos-Duffy, welcomed their ninth child earlier this month. The baby has a heart condition, which Duffy cited during his retirement announcement in August.

The baby “will need even more love, time, and attention due to complications, including a heart condition," he wrote at the time.

"With much prayer, I have decided that this is the right time for me to take a break from public service in order to be the support my wife, baby and family need right now,” Duffy added. “It is not an easy decision – because I truly love being your congressman – but it is the right decision for my family, which is my first love and responsibility.”

Duffy had represented Wisconsin's 7th district since 2011.