An election gimmick has been called off due to "insensitivity" over alcoholism. File Photo. An election gimmick has been called off due to "insensitivity" over alcoholism. Credit: Metro file photo

A Boston bar has killed a plan to conduct an unofficial poll based on how many patrons order cocktails named after mayoral candidates.

The Loews Boston Hotel said it is canceling its promotion offering drinks at its in-house bar, Cuffs. The cocktails were going to be named after rival mayoral candidates John R. Connolly and Martin J. Walsh.

Walsh is a recovering alcoholic, which threw a wrench in the bar's plan.

 

“Loews Boston Hotel acknowledges the insensitivity of this recent promotion and have canceled it effective immediately,” the hotel said in a statement following an inquiryby The Boston Herald.

The "poll" was due to run through Nov. 5. One drink was dubbed a J.R. Connolly, the other an M.J. Walsh, and were priced at $8 each. Nonalcoholic versions were also on the menu.

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