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Mitt Romney Won't Join San Diego Olympics Bidding Committee

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney concedes defeat November 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts, telling supporters t
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney concedes defeat November 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts, telling supporters that he had called US President Barack Obama to congratulate him on his victory. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Mitt Romney won't be joining San Diego's bid for the 2024 Olympic Games -- at least not in any official capacity, CNN reports.

On Saturday, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner said that he'd like the former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential candidate to serve as an honorary co-chair for the city's joint bid with neighboring Tijuana, Mexico for the 2024 summer games.

"Wouldn't he give instant credibility to it?" Filner said. "He has some experience with Olympics."

But on Tuesday, Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom threw cold water on the idea, telling CNN that the former governor does "not intend to take a management position with the committee." However, Fehrnstrom said, Romney would happily provide counsel to the bidding committee if needed.

In 1999, Romney took over as chief executive of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City after the committee organizing the games was plagued with bribery allegations and reports of rampant spending. Romney is widely credited with the games' ultimate success, an accomplishment he frequently cited on the 2012 campaign trail.

Romney, who recently took an executive position at his son Tagg's Boston-based venture capital firm, owns a home in La Jolla, Calif., an upscale coastal community in San Diego.

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