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Barney Frank domestic partner heckles GOP opponent following debate(VIDEO)

Barney Frank's domestic partner, Jim Ready, engaged in repartee with Mr. Frank's GOP opponent, Sean Bielat, as Mr. Bielat spoke with reporters after a candidate debate last week.

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Candidates for Massachusetts Fourth Congressional District Rep. Barney Frank (D), left, and challenger Sean Bielat (R), center, participate in a taping session for a televised debate hosted by Jim Braude, right, at the television studios of New England Cable News, in Newton, Mass., Monday, Oct. 11.

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The campaigns of Democratic US Rep. Barney Frank and Republican challenger Sean Bielat (BEE'-lat) are brushing off a brisk exchange of words between Frank's partner and the GOP candidate.

The exchange took place after a debate last week when Representative Frank's partner, Jim Ready, started taking pictures of Mr. Bielat.

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According to a Boston Herald video, Bielat asks about the pictures and Mr. Ready responds, "You better get used to it dude."

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Ready then says, "It's a free country, isn't it?" and a chuckling Bielat responds, "It sure is, at least if we can get the Congress back."

A spokesman for Frank's campaign said Ready is an amateur photographer who takes pictures at many campaign events and "no harm" was intended.

A Bielat spokeswoman said the "video speaks for itself."