| USWorld

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

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

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
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.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. 2 or 4 Benghazi deaths preventable, military says
  2. Cleveland rides wave of good news with Lebron’s return
  3. Unseasonably cool weather coming from ‘poor man’s polar vortex’
  4. Calif. teacher tenure ruling spurs other states to sue
  5. Houston shooting suspect collapses in court
  6. Visitor trapped in Chicago jail feared death
  7. Learning ability is in DNA, study says
  8. SpaceX clears major hurdle in quest for government contracts
  9. Ventura chokes up, denies SEAL bar fight
  10. Drought draws bears to Lake Tahoe garbage
  11. Safety breaches force CDC to shutter 2 laboratories
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.