Tea Time for Mitt

I’m always happy whenever I pick up a political assignment. Much like sports, you get tons of passionate people, sometimes doing some pretty… interesting… things. Take this Tea Party Express rally I covered for the Boston Herald a few weeks ago. Former Massachusetts Governor and GOP candidate for president Mitt Romney was scheduled to speak to some folks at a Tea Party-sponsored event in Concord, N.H., but given his record with the healthcare reform and his well-documented change of positions, there was a contingent of “Anti-Romney” protesters at the fringes.

It all made for a lively environment, to say the least.

Concord, N.H. -- A detractor of former Mass. governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney dressed as "Flip Romney" to express his disapproval turns to look at a Romney supporter at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/4/2011 -- CONCORD, N.H. -- A detractor of former Mass. governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney dressed as "Flip Romney" to express his disapproval turns to look at a Romney supporter at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011.

Concord, N.H. -- Don and Ann Kolifath of Bedford, N.H., express their disapproval of former Mass. governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/4/2011 -- CONCORD, N.H. -- Don and Ann Kolifath of Bedford, N.H., express their disapproval of former Mass. governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011.

Concord, N.H. -- Don and Ann Kolifath of Bedford, N.H., had literature and props on hand to show their disapproval of former Mass. governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/4/2011 -- CONCORD, N.H. -- Don and Ann Kolifath of Bedford, N.H., had literature and props on hand to show their disapproval of former Mass. governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011.

Concord, N.H. -- Amanda Shell, a staff member of the Freedomworks PAC, holds up a sign expressing disapproval of 2012 presidential candidate and former Mass. governor Mitt Romney during a press conference before a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/4/2011 -- CONCORD, N.H. -- Amanda Shell, a staff member of the Freedomworks PAC, holds up a sign expressing disapproval of 2012 presidential candidate and former Mass. governor Mitt Romney during a press conference before a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011.

Concord, N.H. -- A variety of pins were on sale at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/4/2011 -- CONCORD, N.H. -- A variety of pins were on sale at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011.

Concord, N.H. -- Supporters of former Mass. governor Mitt Romney cheer on their presidential candidate at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/4/2011 -- CONCORD, N.H. -- Supporters of former Mass. governor Mitt Romney cheer on their presidential candidate at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011.

Concord, N.H. -- Former Mass. governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, walk to the stage at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/4/2011 -- CONCORD, N.H. -- Former Mass. governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, walk to the stage at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011.

And here’s how the Herald ran it:

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