If the U.S. Olympic Committee told you your bid to host the 2024 Summer Games was no good, you'd probably slink back to whatever corner of the earth you came from.

But not San Diego, the Little Big City That Could. Uber-Democratic Mayor Bob Filner has enlisted the help of none other than ultra-1-percenter Mitt Romney. Why?

Romney ran the 2002 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee in Salt Lake City, so he knows a thing or two about the games. And he's a part-time San Diego resident with a house on the beach in La Jolla.

However … Irene McCormack, spokeswoman for Filner, downplayed Romney's role to the Weekly:

Credit: Bob Filner, mayor of San Diego.

Credit: Bob Filner, mayor of San Diego.

Mitt Romney is not going to be an official adviser. He will advise on occasion. He's not an official of our organizing committee, nor will he be.

Filner told the San Diego City Council yesterday that he met with Romney Monday and that the former Republican top dog “will be an adviser to our bid.”

McCormack said that despite the U.S. Olympic Committee's rejection of a rare, binational bid for the 2024 Summer Games by San Diego and Tijuana, that our neighbor to the south is continuing its effort to host the Olympics.

She said San Diego would carry on separately, but with binational dreams intact:

The city will have its own organizing committee and do that on a parallel path with Tijuana.

Very interesting.

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