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Ex-Gov. Patrick to help Boston 2024 lobby IOC for site bid

March 7, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is getting involved in Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1MeVkeN) Patrick is taking a paid position to lobby the International Olympic Committee on Boston’s behalf. Patrick said in a statement Friday he’s been “asked to help Boston 2024 in pitching Boston and the Commonwealth” to IOC members.

Patrick has been a supporter of Boston’s bid, and several former aides are working for private organizer Boston 2024.

Boston has been chosen as the U.S. bidder, but several international competitors are expected. The IOC is expected to choose the host in 2017.

Patrick, a Democrat, led several international trade missions during his two terms. Since leaving office in January, he has been a visiting fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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