Boston Hotel Pulls 'Insensitive' Mayoral Drink Promo

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A Boston hotel has pulled the plug on its election-themed drink special after learning one of its cocktail's namesakes is a recovering alcoholic, nearly two decades sober.

Cuffs, the bar in the Loews Boston Hotel, cancelled its promotion offering $8 cocktails and $4 nonalcoholic alternatives named after two city mayoral candidates, John R. Connolly and Martin J. Walsh, after learning Walsh is a recovering alcoholic, the Boston Herald reported.

The hotel bar pulled the deal after a Boston Herald reporter called about the offer. Walsh has openly discussed his recovery on the campaign trail.

The bar had planned to monitor the sales of the J.R. Connolly and the M.J. Walsh drinks as a way to keep unofficial tabs on who might win the election. "Loews Boston Hotel acknowledges the insensitivity of this recent promotion and have cancelled it effective immediately," the hotel said in a statement.

Walsh's campaign spokeswoman Joyce Linehan told that the candidate took the drink special all in stride.

"It's a silly controversy," she said. "The hotel was trying to do a creative promotion. We really don't understand why people are so worked up."

Walsh has been in recovery for almost two decades, Linehan said, and had no involvement in the deal's repeal.

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