Former Candidate Threatens To Sue Mass. Treasurer Over Internet Ad

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A former Republican candidate for state treasurer wants the Democrat who defeated her to remove from the Internet an old campaign ad about the way she influenced the distribution of Red Sox license plates.

A lawyer for Karyn Polito has issued a cease and desist order to Treasurer Steven Grossman and is threatening to sue for defamation if he doesn’t comply. The Boston Globe reports that Polito’s lawyer says the ad is inaccurate and subjected her to “hatred, ridicule, and scorn.”

Grossman, who defeated Polito in 2010, made the video based on Globe stories detailing the way Polito obtained low-number Red Sox plates for herself, relatives, friends and supporters.

“She proposed a good thing to sell those plates off, to auction them off. Then I think she ruined the whole thing by taking Red Sox #2 without paying anything more than that small fee, when it should have been auctioned off,” Grossman told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 on Wednesday.

Grossman did agree to take down the video if Polito auctions her No. 2 Red Sox plate to benefit the Jimmy Fund.

“I’ll make Karen Polito an offer. If she takes the Red Sox #2 license place off her car and offers it back to the Jimmy Fund to auction it off on Ebay, and it’s done successfully – and it should raise at least $25,000 for children’s cancer research, I’d be happy to take the ad off the Facebook page,” he said.

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  • twocents

    Why does he still have it up? If I am remembering this story correctly, in order to even be approved to make the plates, she had to guarantee a certain number of plates ordered. She wasn’t found to be at fault of any wrongdoing as far as I’m aware. After the story of Grossman’s failure to distribute the “just sitting there” money for college loans, with applicants waiting to hear about the status of application, he shouldn’t be bringing anymore negative attention to himself. His requirement to auction it off in order to remove it is petty. I hope he doesn’t get another term.

  • Rob Cleary

    They all act like small children. Who votes for these morons?

  • tsal-kv

    I found this and it looks as if she pulled some strings. If the shoe fits, keep the ad up. If not, take it down. Hard to sue someone over something that is true – if in fact it is.

  • Petr

    Leave the ad up….it’s factual. Polito should do the right thing and take Grossman’s offer to auction off the plate for the Jimmy Fund.

  • yamstar1

    Grossman is the southbound end of a northbound donkey! He leaves this ad up while college students wait for him to release the money. A petty little p-ssant. But no worries, he’s got The Globe and WBZ to carry his water for him.

  • Dennis

    Is it any wonder the people of Massachusetets stay away from the polls in droves on Election days? Just one corrupt politician after another thinkng no rules apply to them.

    • tsal&kv

      or perhaps the corrupt politicians are in office because people do not show up at the polls to vote them out

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