Boston hotel nixes drinks named for mayor hopefuls

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Associated Press

Posted on September 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 29 at 11:33 AM

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston hotel has canceled a promotion in its bar offering drinks named after city mayoral candidates, one of whom is a recovering alcoholic.

The Loews Boston Hotel had planned to offer drinks named after mayoral candidates John R. Connolly and Martin J. Walsh but nixed the idea after a Boston Herald reporter asked questions about the promotion. Walsh has openly discussed his past troubles with alcohol during his campaign.

The Herald reports (http://bit.ly/19Oudnn ) that the hotel had planned to keep a tab on sales of the $8 drinks as an unofficial, pre-election indicator of who was winning the race. There were also going to be nonalcoholic versions of the drinks offered for $4.

The hotel released a statement acknowledging the insensitivity of the promotion.

Walsh's campaign declined to comment.

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Information from: Boston Herald, http://www.bostonherald.com

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