Boston 2024, the private group promoting a Summer Olympics in Boston, submitted paperwork to the US Olympic Committee on Monday, hoping to beat out Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco to be the official US bid.
If Boston wins this round, another battle begins: to win over doubters at home. Boston 2024 this week announced a new outreach initiative, which will include an online forum for feedback and a citizens advisory board. (Boston 2024 is invited to the Globe Opinion’s forum on the Olympics on Monday night, which will stream live on bostonglobe.com.)
But there’s one group that Boston 2024 has already been courting assiduously: Elected officials. Many have refrained from taking sides. Here’s a rundown of those who have.
Proponents: Local mayors
The mayors of Revere, Malden, and Medford have been supportive of the Olympics idea since it was first proposed, back in 2013. And despite initially showing reluctance, Boston’s mayor, Marty Walsh, came out in support of the bid last summer, calling it an opportunity to complete much-needed infrastructure improvements. Walsh also said he’s confident that the public wouldn’t be on the hook for any construction directly related to hosting the event.
Proponents: Boston legislators
The bid has enjoyed support from mainstream Boston Democrats, who attended a closed-door meeting with Boston 2024 in October. “If other cities around the world can pull this off, why can’t we?” Nick Collins, chairman of the Boston delegation, told the Globe. Representative Michael Moran of Brighton was similarly enthusiastic after the meeting.
Skeptics: Conservative and progressive legislators
Republican Bob Hedlund of Weymouth was the only senator to vote against a 2013 bill that created a commission to study the Games’ feasibility; he has called the plan a costly “boondoggle.” Hedlund has potential allies in the Democrats’ progressive wing. Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz of Jamaica Plain remained a skeptic after that October meeting. Jamie Eldridge of Acton took to Twitter to raise a complaint that might come up, in the future, from other lawmakers outside Boston: that any transportation benefits will only help the city firstname.lastname@example.org Follow him on Twitter @NoahGuiney