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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:

Seeing Red

What ended up being an epic weekend of work started with the Massachusetts GOP Convention Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester. Politics, behind sports, is one of my favorite subjects to cover as a photojournalist. Sure, most of the access is mainly for canned press events and planned photo ops, but every now and then, you can sneak a candid, honest look at the people behind the race.

This particular event was a bit lighter in the second department — it was a convention after all — but it was a lot of fun, if not demanding work-wise, nonetheless.

The big story at this event was the race for the governor’s race nomination between Charlie Baker and underdog Christy Mihos. Here’s some images from the event:

4.17.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — GOP gubernataorial candidate Charlie Baker laughs at a joke he told during his address to the Mass. GOP convention on April 17, 2010.

4.17.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — Mass. GOP gubernatorial hopeful Christy Mihos turns to look over his shoulder at his rival, Charlie Baker, during an interview at the Mass. GOP Convention at the DCU Center on April 17, 2010.

4.17.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — GOP gubernatorial candidate Christy Mihos addresses the audience at the Mass. GOP convention on April 17, 2010.

4.17.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — Supporters of GOP gubernatorial candidate Christy Mihos and campaign volunteers Yvonne and Clifford Blake, of Clinton, show their support for their candidate at the Mass. GOP convention at the DCU Center on April 17, 2010.

4.17.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — Independent gubernatorial candidate and state treasurer Tim Cahill makes an appearance outside the DCU Center, hoping to appeal to disaffected Republican voters, at the Mass. GOP Convention on April 17, 2010.

4.17.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — Jack de Jong, 12, of Weston, shows his support for GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker at the Mass. GOP convention on April 17, 2010.

4.17.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker celebrates his win for the nomination from the Mass. GOP convention on April 17, 2010.

4.17.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker celebrates his win for the nomination from the Mass. GOP convention on April 17, 2010.

What can Brown do for you?

In case you haven’t heard, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ newest U.S. Senator/Rock Star is Scott Brown, the now-former state senator from Wrentham. The senator-elect put on his final public appearance before heading down to Washington at Christina’s events hall in Foxboro, getting welcomed by his supporters with a rock star welcome.

People were making comparisons of Brown’s following to then-Senator Barack Obama’s rise to national prominence back in 2004. Having covered that campaign, those comparisons aren’t far off… though some might notice a few key differences in their supporters’ demographic…

1.31.2010 — FOXBORO, Mass. — U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown snaps a self-portrait with supporter Ann Power of Stoughton at Christina's in Foxboro, his last scheduled public appearance before heading to Washington, on Jan. 31, 2010.


1.31.2010 — FOXBORO, Mass. — Supporters of U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown, from left, Bobbie Redman of Norton, Margaret Flynn of Hudson, and Rita Branagan of Plainville, welcome the newest member of Congress at Christina's in Foxboro, his last scheduled public appearance before heading to Washington, on Jan. 31, 2010.


1.31.2010 — FOXBORO, Mass. — U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown greets supporters at Christina's in Foxboro, his last scheduled public appearance before heading to Washington, on Jan. 31, 2010.