Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will no longer be making $7,500 per day as a consultant for Olympic organizing group Boston 2024, or for any other organization, he said in a statement Thursday evening.
“I intend to take a full-time position soon and to forego all outside consulting pay, including for Boston 2024. Because I think the Olympics could be good for the Commonwealth, I will continue to help as and when I can, but not for a fee,’’ read the statement, which was provided to Boston.com by a Boston 2024 spokesperson.
Patrick had been brought on to pitch Boston’s bid to members of the International Olympic Committee. After pressure from the media, Boston 2024 revealed that Patrick would make $7,500 per day when traveling.
Earlier Thursday, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh had told Boston Herald Radio that he felt Patrick, as a former governor, should not be paid for the work. Later, Boston 2024 CEO Richard Davey told Herald Radio that Patrick would be working “probably one day a month.’’
Several former members of Patrick’s administration are employees or consultants of Boston 2024.