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Boston mayor Michelle Wu's holiday party sparks criticism

Boston mayor Michelle Wu's holiday party sparks criticism Boston mayor Wu's holiday party sparks criticism (Getty Images)

Boston's Mayor Michelle Wu's "Electeds of Color Holiday Party" at City Council on Wednesday drew public attention because of the invitation mistake after calling in not all council members to an exclusive holiday party, according to NBC Boston.

The controversy began with an email sent on Tuesday by a city employee on behalf of Mayor Michelle Wu, inviting all city councilors to an "Electeds of Color Holiday Party" scheduled for that evening. A subsequent email sent about 15 minutes later, apologized for the mistake and clarified that the party was intended exclusively for minority elected officials, according to the mayor.

Outgoing City Councilor Frank Baker, commented, "I don't get offended. You don't want me at a party, I am not going to come to the party."

According to the New York Post, Wu acknowledged it was a mistake that every member of the Boston City Council received invitations to the holiday party, and had already talked to those that were uninvited.

"There are many, many events that are private events for all different sorts of groups, so we've clarified that and look forward to seeing everyone at one of the dozens of other opportunities to celebrate the holidays together," she said.

Wu is Boston's first female of color mayor

Wu is Boston's first female of color and Asian American mayor. Boston City Council is comprised of six minority and seven white members. The mayor notes that the "Electeds of Color Holiday Party" has been held without issues for over a decade.