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Sean Bielat's Ad Critical of Barney Frank and Fannie Freddie Bailout

By reversing himself on Fannie and Freddie, has Frank given his critics a political gift?

On Tuesday, in an interview with Niel Cavuto, Barney Frank made an amazing statement:

“I hope by next year we’ll have abolished Fannie and Freddie. It was a great mistake to push lower-income people into housing they couldn’t afford and couldn’t really handle once they had it. I had been too sanguine about Fannie and Freddie.”

Frank has for years been a strong supporter for Fannie Mae,  Freddy Mac and affordable housing programs.

The Bielat campaign wasted no time in capitalizing on Frank’s remarkable reversal, making an ad contrasting Frank’s previous statements. The video has been getting a lot of play for an online campaign ad – over sixteen thousand views in just a few days.

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4th - Frank Bielat Sholley Congress

Sean Bielat: I Used to Be A Democrat

Sean Bielat

Team Barney is waking up and the attacks against me are starting. It’s predictable but I’m flattered that they care enough to start so early. Two days ago they released some research to a blogger using a strange line of reasoning: “don’t vote for Sean because he used to be a Democrat.” Ironically, I expected Barney Frank and Democrats nationwide to attack their opponents as being too conservative. Instead, the first salvo is that I used to be a Democrat. The truth is, I’m more like you.

Meanwhile, Frank and his supporters are avoiding defending his record in Congress, one that includes support for bailouts, sub-prime mortgages, mounting debt, and a massive expansion of government control over the private sector. Voters shouldn’t get distracted by this political labeling nonsense. We need real leadership in Congress and Barney’s record comes up short. That’s why I’m running and why we need to replace Barney this November.

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4th - Frank Bielat Sholley Governor's Council Governor's Council 1st District

Interview with Joe Ureneck and Richard Mitchell Candidates for Governor's Council

The interview was on Behind the Scene with Hector Montalvo. It has a strong focus on father’s rights and family court reform.

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Sean Bielat Opposes Scott Brown's Vote for Dodd-Frank Financial Regulation Bill

Sean Bielat and Scott Brown

Sean Bielat who is running for Congress against Barney Frank, issued the following statement today:

As a candidate for U.S. Congress opposing Barney Frank, and as a constituent, I am greatly disappointed in Senator Brown’s expressed support of the Dodd-Frank Bill.

This bill has Barney Frank’s DNA — it sounds smart but doesn’t make much sense, it spends more than it saves, and it’s afraid to talk about Fannie and Freddie.
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Sean Bielat Releases Best Political Web Ad of the Year So Far

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2010 Elections 4th - Frank Bielat Sholley Charlie Baker Senate

Campaign Video Roundup: Candidates Embrace a More Personal and Informal Style

Candidates are moving beyond party to a new more personal and informal style.

Campaign video has changed a great deal from just a few years ago. Campaign television advertising has always used deep sonorous voices of newscaster types to give the ads a voice of authority as they deliver messages for or against a candidate in the third person.

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The Growing Importance of the Tea Party Movement

In Boston, Christen Varley (center) led a Tea Party meeting to discuss gubernatoral candidates, at a meeting in The Green Dragon. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)

Stephanie Ebbert has a nice article in the Globe today on the growing importance of the Tea Party Movement:

In the current upended political climate, the Tea Party members in Massachusetts — now claiming up to 8,000 believers and basking in the earth-shaking victory of US Senator Scott Brown — have the clout to make candidates come to them.

Candidates are showing up at events like this one across the state, even though the Tea Party’s loose confederation of activists has no membership rolls, no party apparatus, no candidates, and no money. Candidates do not know precisely what the Tea Party is or how its activists will vote in November. They just know they had better pay attention.

Scott Brown’s upset victory this year has shown the Massachusetts political class that there is a large number of people looking for change. These are not the people who go to protests, and are involved in political activism. They are a silent majority of the regular working citizen of Massachusetts who feel increasingly like their needs are not being met, and are now willing to consider candidates from outside traditional party affiliation, and vote for change. read more »

4th - Frank Bielat Sholley

Barney Frank May Face a Tough Election

The race for Barney Frank’s 4th congressional district may be interesting this year.

Frank has been in office since 1981 – when I was in middle school, and Ronald Reagan took office. This is far too long.

Last cycle Barney Frank was challenged by Earl Sholley. Sholley got 25% of the vote to Frank’s 68%. That is not as far off as it seems – and Frank is increasingly controversial. read more »