BOSTON – Former Masschusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may soon find himself invited back to the State House, this time to offer his expert advice on what it would take to successfully lure and host the 2024 summer Olympics in Greater Boston.
A new state commission created to investigate the feasibility of bidding for the games met for the first time yesterday, an introductory gathering intended to get the ball rolling on an effort to quickly but thoroughly vet the facility, security, housing, transportation and financial resources that would be necessary to host such games.
Romney, who ran the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games before being elected governor, has been separately advising a volunteer group of powerful business leaders in Boston led by Suffolk Construction’s John Fish in their early exploration of an Olympic bid, according to published reports.
Fish, who hosted a delegation of the United States Olympic Committee for two days in October to view potential Olympic sites around Boston, will be appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to serve on the legislative commission, according to an administration official.
“I’m sure the commission would love to hear from Gov. Romney,” said Sen. Eileen Donoghue, a Lowell Democrat who wrote the bill creating the special legislative commission.
Donoghue said, “I know he has been in touch with the private group who has been looking at this very seriously and we would certainly love to hear from him. I expect that you will see on the agendas in the future an invitation to the governor, depending on his schedule. He has not only a great deal of knowledge about the Commonwealth but something about how to bring the Olympics to a city as he did in Salt Lake so those are experiences that are really, without any exception, something that we need to hear about.”