Western Mass residents react to Deval Patrick's Olympic committee salary
After a request for transparency from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, on Monday, Boston 2024 made salary information public for some of its top executives and consultants.
On the list is former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick who will earn $7,500 per day when he travels on behalf of the organization.
“He's making that much, oh what a shocker,” Thomas Lengieza from Chicopee said.
“That's interesting,” Sheryl Thompson from Holyoke said. “I'd be interested in knowing why so much, for the travel, where's that money coming from?”
In Northampton on Sunday, community members, professors and political figures met to discuss the positives and negatives for potential Olympic games coming to Massachusetts.
“Now he's (Patrick) officially on the payroll of Boston 2024 and this is part of the problem,” Evan Falchuk, United Independent Party Chairman said. “There is this very strange overlap between what's government and what is part of this private money making organization.”
Patrick is not expected to be a full-time employee for the Boston bid committee.
“It's not really my business how much money he makes or how he makes the money,” Robert Olberg from West Springfield said. “I think as long as he's doing what's best for the commonwealth, I can't disagree with him.”
“He's retired, he has a pension, it still could be considered double-dipping but I'm not really sure,” Roberto Christian from Amherst said. “Ethically he might be using his influence.”
The International Olympic Committee will not announce a host city for the 2024 summer Olympics until 2017.
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