Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he doesn't think former Gov. Deval Patrick should be paid for promoting the city's Olympic bid overseas.
Walsh told Boston Herald Radio on Thursday that he believes former governors should be "ambassadors for Massachusetts" on the world stage. But he added: "I don't think they should be getting paid at all."
Boston 2024, the privately funded group spearheading the bid for the 2024 Olympics, announced recently that Patrick would be paid $7,500 for each day he travels on behalf of the organization.
Patrick has yet to take any trips. Thursday, he issued a statement saying he plans to take a full-time position, foregoing "outside consulting pay."
"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," said Patrick in the statement.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney has provided advice to Boston 2024, without being paid.
Boston 2024 did not immediately comment on Walsh's remarks.