Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan is charging that his District 2 rival Suzanne Lee has launched an ad attack against him, and is demanding an apology.
Linehan said the ad—a compilation of headlines and quotes published in local newspapers—labels him a “Dinosaur” and urges voters to “Vote No on Bill Linehan.”
“This attack ad is shameful, and candidate Lee should apologize and focus on the issues instead of slinging mud,’’ Linehan, who has been councilor since 2007, said in a statement. “I have always treated my opponent with respect and will not sink to that level.”
The two-sided flier was mailed throughout the district, which includes Chinatown, South Boston, Beacon Hill, Bay Village, downtown, and the South End.
The top of the flier, in white bold, letters, declares: “Bill Linehan Calls Himself a Politician. …” A quote that appeared in a Globe editorial follows, saying that Linehan is leading the council astray.
The bottom of the flier reads: “Unfortunately His Politics Are Wrong for Boston,”
On the second side, it reads: “Boston deserves better. On Tuesday, November 5 Vote No on Bill Linehan.”
Lee’s campaign refused to apologize, saying the ad features quotes plucked from the papers.
“It’s curious that Councilor Linehan decided to respond to these comments now, since the Boston Globe and The Boston Herald ... made them over the last two years,’’ Lee said in statement. “The voters deserve to know what’s at stake in this race.”
Lee, who lives in Chinatown, has mounted a fierce campaign to unseat Linehan, who hails from South Boston. The two faced off two years ago, and Linehan won by just 97 votes.Meghan E. Irons can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @meghanirons.