GROSSMAN CAMPAIGN DEMANDS THAT POLITO GIVE BACK LOW-NUMBER RED SOX PLATES TO AUCTION OFF FOR JIMMY FUND
Globe reports that two-thirds of low-number plates intended to raise funds for children’s cancer charity instead were diverted to Rep. Polito, family, and contributors
Expressing shock at a Boston Globe story this morning that Rep. Karyn Polito of Shrewsbury, the Republican candidate for Treasurer, had grabbed 68 of 100 low-number Red Sox license plates for herself, her relatives, her contributors, and her friends, Kathryn Burton, campaign manager for Democratic candidate Steve Grossman, demanded that Polito return her family’s plates so that they could be auctioned off for the Jimmy Fund as intended.
“These plates were designed to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for children’s cancer research,” Burton said, “The first 100 were supposed to have been auctioned off to the highest bidder. But only six were. According to the Globe, more than two-thirds went to Rep. Polito – who has plate #2 – her family and her pals.”
“This is an outrageous violation of the public trust and an abuse of power. The plates that were auctioned off raised as much as $140,000. Polito and her associates paid $40,” Burton said.
“The only way to rectify this outrageous situation is for you and your family to give the plates back and let them be auctioned off to the highest bidders – starting with your #2,” she said.
Burton added that “Beacon Hill pols handing out low-number plates is an old-time political abuse that was supposed to have ended long ago. Your actions in returning to this brand of self-serving politics makes a mockery of your claim to be a watchdog.