Former Mass. Governor Joins Boston '24 Push, Possibly Creating Tension With Incumbent
Former Mass. Governor Joins Boston '24 Push, Possibly Creating Tension With IncumbentPublished March 9, 2015
CRITICS ABOUND: In Boston, Hillary Chabot writes Patrick's hire was "probably meant to strengthen the Olympics bid and mollify some critics" but "instead has brought more criticism raining down." Olympics opponents claim Patrick’s "new role as 'global ambassador' and consultant creates the not-so-subtle impression that the state itself is backing the bid -- while the average Joe doesn’t have a say, and the sitting governor, Charlie Baker, only learned about Patrick’s appointment from the media" (BOSTON HERALD, 3/9). Also in Boston, Howie Carr wrote as if the evidence "wasn’t already overwhelming that this proposed Olympic boondoggle is nothing more than a shadow hackerama for unemployable layabouts, now the most incompetent governor in state history is burying his snout in the 'nonprofit' trough" (BOSTON HERALD, 3/8).
GOING FOR BROKE? In Boston, Yvonne Abraham examines the role of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh in the city's Olympics bid and wrote he "can’t be both cheerleader and watchdog." Boston '24 is "now one" with Walsh, who "has fully melded his operation with the one run by John Fish and other titans pushing the Games." The mayor "is doubling -- no, tripling -- down on a Boston Olympics, even though public support for it, especially among his own constituents, has slipped." What is "really troubling is how, by going all-in, Walsh has compromised his ability to protect his own constituents." He is "acting as if it’s certain a 2024 Olympics is what is best for his city, when in fact, that has yet to be decided" (BOSTON HERALD, 3/8).
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