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Boston hotel nixes drinks named for mayor hopefuls

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September 29, 2013 04:50 PM EST | AP

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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 Sunday (http://bit.ly/19Oudnn).

"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.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is stepping down in January after 20 years in office.

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