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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

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.