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Walsh contradicts himself in remarks about Olympic bid

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.(Steven Senne/Associated Press/File 2014)

What did the mayor read and when did he read it?

In a new kerfuffle over Boston’s Olympic bid, Mayor Martin J. Walsh seemed to have contradicted himself over how thoroughly he had digested documents submitted by the bid committee, Boston 2024, in December to the US Olympic Committee.

In December, Walsh said on WGBH, “I have read the bid.”

At the time, the bid documents — which Boston 2024 calls its concept plan — had not been released to the public. They would come out in redacted form in January.

On Monday, Walsh was asked again by radio hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about reading the bid, and responded, “It was many, many pages. Our legal counsel looked at it.”

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Asked to clarify, the mayor’s office did not specifically address who read what, or when:

“Mayor Walsh was familiar with the concept plan proposed by Boston 2024 to the United States Olympic Committee in December 2014,” the office said in a statement. “The City of Boston’s Legal Department was briefed on the specifics and advised the Mayor accordingly. It is the Mayor’s understanding that a large proportion of the details contained in the original bid book have changed. He looks forward to Boston 2024’s release of their updated financing and venue plans for the public’s review at the end of the month.”

Boston 2024 has promised to release a new venue plan and Olympic budget forecasts by June 30.


Mark Arsenault can be reached at Mark.Arsenault@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @BostonGlobeMark.