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Barney Speaking Frankly

When U.S. Rep. Barney Frank announced that he would not be seeking reelection in 2012, he mentioned one of the things he was most looking forward to in retirement: “I don’t have to pretend to be nice to people I don’t like.” Congressman Frank has always been a colorful character, and I know I’ve always had a kick out of covering him at various events over the years.

Here are some photos from his press conference, which are all available for licensing through Bloomberg.

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) announces to the media and constituents that he will not seek reelection in 2012 at Newton City Hall in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg (Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg)

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) announces to the media and constituents that he will not seek reelection in 2012 at City Hall in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) announces to the media and constituents that he will not seek reelection in 2012 at Newton City Hall in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg (Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg)

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) announces to the media and constituents that he will not seek reelection in 2012 at City Hall in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg

A man holds up a sign protesting the Dodd-Frank financial reform law as U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) announces to the media and constituents that he will not seek reelection in 2012 at Newton City Hall in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg (Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg)

A man holds up a sign protesting the Dodd-Frank financial reform law as U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) announces to the media and constituents that he will not seek reelection in 2012 at City Hall in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) is mobbed by the media after announcing that he will not seek reelection in 2012 at Newton City Hall in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg (Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg)

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) is mobbed by the media after announcing that he will not seek reelection in 2012 at City Hall in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg

And for good measure, here’s the Congressman giving me the evil eye as the rest of my photojournalist colleagues swarm.

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) exits Newton City Hall after announcing to the media and constituents that he will not seek reelection in 2012 in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg (Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg)

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) exits City Hall after announcing to the media and constituents that he will not seek reelection in 2012 in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg

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.

A Big Effin Deal

So it should be pretty obvious by now that politics — campaign season in particular — is one of my favorite subjects to cover. Like anything that involves people passionate about their participation, it makes for easy pictures.

Plus, that whole thing about journalism being a cornerstone of a functioning democracy… that certainly helps things!

Unfortunately for me this year, my workload has kept me out of the thick of things and away from the kinds of political coverage that I used to love back at my old paper, The Tampa Tribune. Everyone already knows the reputation of Florida politics of recent history, and yes, it earned it. But with local races heating up with just days to go until Tuesday’s election, I’ve had my share of events — most recently President Barack Obama campaigning for Gov. Deval Patrick.

To get back on point, the subject of this post is what I covered on Saturday for the Boston Herald. Vice President Joe Biden, he of “[The Affordable Care Act] is a big f***in deal” fame, was in Quincy campaigning for 10th District candidate Bill Keating. It was sunny. It was windy. And it was cold. And one thing’s for sure — the VP likes to talk.

Here’s a few from the event:

10.30.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — Vice President Joe Biden gives a stump speech for Democratic candidate for congress Bill Keating, during a campaign event at the Tirrell Room in Quincy on Oct. 30, 2010. Keating is running to replace the seat being vacated by 10th District Rep. William Delahunt, seated behind.


10.30.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — Ryan O'Sullivan, 9, of Milton, left, and Maeve Neret, 7, of Milton look over their signs at a campaign event for Democratic candidate for congress Bill Keating at the Tirrell Room in Quincy on Oct. 30, 2010. Keating is running to replace the seat being vacated by 10th District Rep. William Delahunt.


10.30.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — Vice President Joe Biden, right, campaigns for Democratic candidate for congress Bill Keating at the Tirrell Room in Quincy on Oct. 30, 2010. Keating is running to replace the seat being vacated by 10th District Rep. William Delahunt.


10.30.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — From left, Rep. William Delahunt, Vickie Kennedy, Democratic candidate for congress Bill Keating, and Vice President Joe Biden listen to a speech from Sen. John Kerry at a campaign event for Keating at the Tirrell Room in Quincy on Oct. 30, 2010. Keating is running to replace the seat being vacated by the retiring Delahunt.


10.30.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — Democratic candidate for congress Bill Keating is flanked by, from left, Rep. William Delahunt, Vickie Kennedy, Sen. John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign event at the Tirrell Room in Quincy on Oct. 30, 2010. Keating is running to replace the seat being vacated by the retiring Delahunt.


10.30.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — Attendees show their support at a campaign event for Democratic candidate for congress Bill Keating at the Tirrell Room in Quincy on Oct. 30, 2010. Keating is running to replace the seat being vacated by 10th District Rep. William Delahunt.


10.30.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — Vice President Joe Biden greets supporters at a campaign event for Democratic candidate for congress Bill Keating at the Tirrell Room in Quincy on Oct. 30, 2010. Keating is running to replace the seat being vacated by 10th District Rep. William Delahunt.