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Team Duffy Chronicles Life in the Surreal World

The latest batch of summer interns to assist reality TV vet Rep. Sean P. Duffy have come and gone. But they’ve left behind a video diary of what it’s like to become schooled in the ways of Washington. An aide to the Wisconsin Republican told HOH the office has long encouraged each crop of unpaid help to come up with creative ways to recruit their ultimate successors. The class of 2015 riffed on a '90s sitcom and came up with the “Fresh” interns of Capitol Hill. The 130-second spoof of Will Smith’s career-launching vehicle features four fresh-faced GOP aides relating how they came to punch a time clock in Congress via self-styled raps. There are also cameos by Restaurant Associates personnel, Capitol Police officers, log-rolling Badger Staters and — be still our beating heart — fully functional Metro cars. “All creative talent and credit goes to our summer interns,” Duffy spokeswoman Cassie Smedile asserted, noting the promotional one-upmanship took root three years ago. “It started with a graphic, moved to a ‘movie trailer,’ thanks to the iMovie app and an office iPad, then, this summer's group utilized their personal go-pros to give it an extra millennial dose of creativity.” The evolution is clear. The 2014 offering is a silent film pieced together from shots of the then-interns doing their duties (answering phones, attending staff meeting, shadowing Duffy) intercut with sequences of exploring campus (running up the Capitol steps a la “Rocky,” showing off the constituent-created art in the House tunnel, mugging for photos on the balcony off the Speaker’s Lobby). Each successive effort has apparently left the former “Real World” star speechless. “He gathered the entire office for the first watch, and then immediately played it again,” Smedile said of the viewing party held on the last day the interns were in the office. “He thought it was pretty cool how they took the task and, not only ran with it, but they really went the extra mile and exceeded all of our expectations.” Next up for Team Duffy productions: a short film documenting a constituent’s request to have a flag flown over the Capitol. Related: GOP Aide Rises to the (Special) Occasion Rep. Sean Duffy: “First, Let Me Take a Selfie” See photos, follies, HOH Hits and Misses and more at Roll Call's new video site. Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.