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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:

The Other Tito Jackson

With some fresh ideas in my head thanks to an inspiring weekend at the Northern Short Course, I spent part of my Sunday afternoon with Tito Jackson, who is campaigning for the District 7 City Council seat. District 7, if you follow local Boston politics at all, was last held by Chuck Turner, who was expelled and convicted for a bribery scandal earlier this year.

Jackson is a smooth and likable guy, and he was really working it outside the Super Stop and Shop. With endorsements from pretty much everyone out there, early analysis points to his biggest opponent in Tuesday’s election being low turnout.

Here’s a few pictures I made with the candidate.

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, District 7 candidate for City Council, pins a button to himself outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, District 7 candidate for City Council, pins a button to himself outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner.

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, District 7 candidate for City Council, helps Juanita Jackson of Boston out of her car at the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, District 7 candidate for City Council, helps Juanita Jackson of Boston out of her car at the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, right, District 7 candidate for City Council, goes over the details of his platform with Lawrence Williams of Boston outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, right, District 7 candidate for City Council, goes over the details of his platform with Lawrence Williams of Boston outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, center, District 7 candidate for City Council, greets constituents and potential voters outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, center, District 7 candidate for City Council, greets constituents and potential voters outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, District 7 candidate for City Council, pins a button on a supporter outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, District 7 candidate for City Council, pins a button on a supporter outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, District 7 candidate for City Council, flags down customers as they head into the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, District 7 candidate for City Council, flags down customers as they head into the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, right, District 7 candidate for City Council, goes over the details of his platform with Lawrence Williams of Boston outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, right, District 7 candidate for City Council, goes over the details of his platform with Lawrence Williams of Boston outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner.

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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