Attorney general candidate Tolman sorry for using the word ‘unbecoming’ in debate


BOSTON (AP) -- Democratic candidate for attorney general Warren Tolman is apologizing for using the word "unbecoming" during a debate with his primary election opponent, Maura Healey.

Tolman’s remark came near the end of Tuesday’s debate at The Boston Globe as Healey pressed Tolman, a former state senator, to provide more details of his work since he left Beacon Hill, including whether he had been a federal lobbyist.

Tolman said the line of questioning was "unbecoming." Healey supporters later called the remark sexist and her campaign seized on it in a fundraising appeal to supporters.

Some Tolman supporters shot back, accusing Healey’s campaign of resorting to gender politics.

The word "unbecoming" is variously defined as "unattractive," "unsuitable," or "not pleasing."

The winner of the Sept. 9 primary will face Republican John Miller in November.


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