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Boston bar admits 'insensitivity,' drops pre-election drinks promotion

| Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, 8:09 p.m.

BOSTON — There was only one problem with a Boston hotel's plan to offer alcoholic drinks named after two city mayoral candidates: One of them is a recovering alcoholic.

Officials at the Loews Boston Hotel canceled the promotion after being questioned recently by a Boston Herald reporter.

The hotel had planned to sell $8 drinks named after Democratic mayoral candidates John R. Connolly and Martin J. Walsh, and offer $4 nonalcoholic alternatives to them, in its bar, Cuffs.

Walsh, a state representative, has openly discussed his past troubles with alcohol during his campaign.

Loews Boston had planned to keep a tab on sales of the drinks — dubbed the J.R. Connelly and M.J. Walsh — as an unofficial, pre-election indicator of who was winning the race, the Herald reported on Sunday.

“Loews Boston Hotel acknowledges the insensitivity of this recent promotion and have canceled it effective immediately,” the hotel said in a statement after being questioned by the reporter.

Walsh's campaign declined to comment.

Walsh and Connolly, a city councilor and former teacher, were the top vote-getters in a recent preliminary election before the Nov. 5 general election.

Mayor Thomas Menino, who has been in office for two decades, will step down in January.

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