The gloves are coming off

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With less than 30 days until mid-term elections, the gloves are coming off and dirt is flying everywhere. From the Boston Herald:
Rival blasts Barney Frank�s swanky free jet ride
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, immersed in one of the toughest political fights of his career, took a free private jet to the Virgin Islands courtesy of a Maine congresswoman�s billionaire fianc� � whose company received a $200 million federal bailout, the Herald has learned.

Frank, who�s facing feisty Republican challenger Sean Bielat, flew to the tropical paradise for a vacation in 2009 on a $25 million jet owned by Paloma Partners honcho S. Donald Sussman, the fianc� of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine). Paloma Securities � a subsidiary of Sussman�s Greenwich, Conn.-based hedge fund � received $200 million in 2009 as part of the $180 billion federal bailout of troubled insurance giant AIG, records show.
A bit more:
Republican National Committee spokesman Parish Braden said: �Barney Frank�s acceptance of a lavish gift from a hedge fund manager, an industry he is responsible for regulating, is a troubling conflict of interest that raises serious questions about his judgment.�

Bielat added: �Typical. Barney keeps showing how career politicians work � they use our dollars for their favors. It may be legal, but it�s wrong and that�s why we need a change.�
Sean Bielat is giving Frank a run for his money in the polls. I hope he wins and brings a breath of fresh air to Washington. Frank is power-mad and disconnected from his constituency.

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