Discourse

In light of the recent tragedy involving Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the Herald, like most other publications, was mining the local delegation about its reaction to the events. For the most part, nothing will change, as being out there in public, listening and meeting constituents, is part of doing the people’s work, according to Rep. Stephen Lynch.

Congressman Lynch was kind enough to let me into his home in Southie for a quick portrait. Keep in mind, it’s not every day that you get a one-on-one portrait session with an elected official, let alone in his own home, but even though I tracked my snow-covered shoes into his living room floor and got it all wet, congressman Lynch was very generous with his time and a gracious host. He answered his own door, and I even learned that he has to park his car on the street in Southie, fighting for a spot just like everyone else. Well, it is Southie, I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised.

But my time with congressman Lynch only underscores an important lesson to take away from all of the inflammatory political rhetoric that pundits and politicos have been criticizing in the past 24 hours. At the end of the day, your elected representatives — regardless of politics or egos — are still just real people.

1/9/11 -- Boston, Mass. -- Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA) sits for a portrait in his South Boston Home on Jan. 9 2011. Lynch spent 2 hours earlier in the evening on a conference call with Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' staff, receiving updates on her status. Giffords was shot in the head at a public event the day before. In light of the violence, Lynch said he will not change any of his practices regarding security with his public appearances. "You've still got to put yourself out there," he said.

1/9/11 -- Boston, Mass. -- Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA) sits for a portrait in his South Boston Home on Jan. 9 2011. Lynch spent 2 hours earlier in the evening on a conference call with Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' staff, receiving updates on her status. Giffords was shot in the head at a public event the day before. In light of the violence, Lynch said he will not change any of his practices regarding security with his public appearances.

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