At 11 a.m. today, Michelle Wu was scheduled to hold a climate-focused campaign appearance at Moakley Park with, among others, US Senator Ed Markey.
Before the event started, though, about 20 people came up to organizers asking for their signs so they could earn their $100 gift cards.
There were no gift cards.
There were, however, fliers that were distributed at Mass and Cass and at Old Colony making a bogus offer of gift cards. The Wu campaign says it didn't distribute the fliers, but that it sent somebody over to Dunkin' Donuts to buy some sandwiches for anybody who was hungry and who showed up with one of the fliers.
Politico reports the Essaibi George campaign disavowed any knowledge of the fliers; the candidate herself decried them as "heartless behavior.