The organization Stop the Pike Hike put out a press release late this afternoon that said its leader was verbally abused by a pair of elected officials from East Boston earlier today.
Members of the group were apparently invited to a meeting at the State House this morning by state Rep. Carlo Basile and state Sen. Anthony Petruccelli "to discuss a solution to the problem" of proposed toll increases on the Massachusetts Turnpike and the harbor tunnels. Then, the press release says:
Within a few minutes into the meeting, the two elected officials began to berate the founder of the group and their own constituent Michael Kelleher by cursing at him regarding his tone of voice.
There’s nothing more specific about the incident, but the statement says that because of the “lack of professionalism” shown by the elected officials, Stop the Pike Hike is “more determined than ever” to block toll increases. They are calling for a boycott of the Pike and tunnels beginning Feb. 2.