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Carolyn Goodman, Chris Giunchigliani criticize each other during debate

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Carolyn Goodman makes a remark during a mayoral debate with Chris Giunchigliani sponsored by the NAACP Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Pearson Community Center.

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Chris Giunchigliani makes her opening remarks during a mayoral debate with Carolyn Goodman sponsored by the NAACP Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Pearson Community Center.

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At moments during the debate, Carolyn Goodman and Chris Giunchigliani looked like old friends.

They grinned. They politely shook hands.

Goodman even heaped praises on Giunchigliani, saying how much she respects her and calling her a "premier legislator."

But the friendliness was a facade. The candidates used an hour-long debate Wednesday at UNLV to jab at one another.

Goodman attacked Giunchigliani for being a career politician and creating the problems she complains about.

Giunchigliani called out Goodman for citing inaccurate facts.

A telling exchange: Goodman criticized the 2 percent pay cut Clark County Commissioners (including Giunchigliani) recently agreed to take. Goodman pointed out that the elected officials will continue to receive expensive benefits and called the move "smoke" to distract voters.

Giunchigliani said the cut was a first step that opened up contracts for negotiations. Then she criticized Goodman for complaining, saying that her husband Mayor Oscar Goodman approved lucrative contracts for city workers for 12 years.

The debate was hosted by NAIOP, Southern Nevada's Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and centered primarily on business and economic development topics.

To create jobs, Giunchigliani recommended in-filling empty parts of the city and incentivizing green construction projects. Goodman said she wants the city to work with private businesses to try to identify more grant opportunities.

As in past debates, Goodman spoke out against project labor agreements while Giunchigliani supported them.

In an interesting twist, Goodman described herself as a "conservative" candidate and stressed several times that she is a free-market capitalist.

"I'm very much about less government," she repeated several times.

Goodman's emphasis on private sector support was likely the result of the crowd to whom she was speaking. The NAIOP group has made contract negotiations, labor agreements and business-friendly policies its central goals.

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  1. "Goodman's emphasis on private sector support was likely the result of the crowd to whom she was speaking." That is what Goodman does. She tailors herself to the audience she is speaking to and tries to sound like she's one of them - whether she is or not.

    If she's addressing Latinos, she says she's always been supportive of "you people." If she's speaking at the NAACP forum, she wears an African color scarf. If she's talking to the Chamber of Commerce or realtors, she says she's conservative. If she's talking to people who like her husband, she says she wants to continue his vision. If she's talking to those who don't like him, she says she's independently minded and doesn't listen to half of what Oscar has to say.

    This woman, who has "lived with and slept beside" the man who is our current mayor has more career politician blood in her than Chris Giunchigliani will ever have. She is as phony as they come and more worried about trying to convince us of her phony qualifications than of being a genuine human being with a genuine plan.

    Carolyn Goodman has shown many facets of herself during this campaign but the only one that has remained constant is the one that screams fake and phony.

  2. Chris G demonstrated once again that she has been getting things done, despite the difficulties of working within government. Carolyn attempts to place blame of government on Chris, which is really silly since her husband has been there for 12 years; and even more silly because Chris G had to deal with all the other elected officials.

    Government is difficult to work with, which is why we need someone right now who has proven she can cut through the red tape and bureaucratic resistance. That person is Chris G. Carolyn would require on the job training...which we do not have time for.

    It occurs to me that Carolyn Goodman is simply trying to extend her husbands term, who is a career politician. So her quips about not being a politician are disingenuous at best.

    But with little substance of her own, all she can do is make snide remarks.

  3. Who would want their Nana running the city? Carolyn looks exhausted at every public event as she goes through the motions of doing what it takes to make Oscar happy.

    At age 72 the Goodmans would make a great LVCVA King and Queen going around to grand openings cutting ribbons drinking martinis. The real work ahead needs an energetic administration ready to tackle the long hours ahead for the next mayor of Las Vegas. (We just lost UNR president at age 73.)

    Our next mayor needs to be in touch with all aspects of our community, understand technology, and be quick on their feet with the national media. As the debates show now Carolyn would make our city look to the world as not prepared to handle the long road ahead.

    Carolyn however in a cocktail dress pushing our city as an AARP destination in her golden years is the stage she needs to be on next.

    If the Goodmans needed to keep control why didn't Ross the smart one run? So many loved what he did not Erik Scott's family and he has the same quick wits as Oscar that Mom does not. (He has to earn his fortune first before public service.)

    Would Carolyn be running for mayor if her husband was not termed out? The answer is NO and that is what we need to say to her at the ballot box. Commitment to our community should be authentic.

  4. Chris G. as part of the Clark County Commission has done a wonderful job destroying this city...look no further than UMC, the Kessler Report, City Center's Harmon Tower (oops can't see it because it is going to be torn down), Harrah's Entertainment Inc illegal remodels which left thousands of their hotel rooms unsafe for the public to stay in and then gave tens of thousands a healthy dose of asbestos, Clark County Fire Department out of control overtime, etc...etc...etc... Chris with all the good work that you have done for the Casinos, Harrah's in particular, I am sure you can get a job in the private sector where your ethics match up better. Chris G. is a perfect example as to why we should not have life-long politicians, but she has plenty of company in this state & nation.

  5. I don't know why it amazes me that the public has stooped this low but I keep hoping for better.

    Why is it that most of you can not stand proud and speak the positive about your chosen candidate rather then come on here name calling and slamming the other candidate?

    Education is great, glad some of you are proud you received a good one. Common sense and age also have it merits. Once you have the experience of age you will see that. ;-)

    How about telling people why they should vote for your chosen candidate and lay off the childish name calling and cheap shots?

    Anyone up for the challenge?

    I know, facts are not near as fun as the drama.

  6. @vegaslee,

    Carolyn Goodman's campaign is an insult to the Las Vegas residents. Her comments, her actions, her campaign begs us to throw anything at her character. A fake, a phoney, pandering to the people, we have had enough of being lied to by politicians, and now, Carolyn Goodman.

    With each debate, each public outting, with each word from Carolyn Goodman, she tells us why we should NOT to vote for her! She tells us she is not qualified to be Mayor of Las Vegas.

    Now, if you or anyone else is telling a reasonable thinking voter that Carolyn Goodman is qualified to be mayor, well my friend, you will receive more the same type of posting.

  7. @longtimevegan - are you serious? Hecky doodle elect Carolyn and then Oscar can still work for the people - especially for party girls - and give the city a wonderful face appropriate to its place in the world as a place where sin and debauchery is an art form. Go Carolyn - let all the people say ha ha ha ha ha! Pass the booze and let me at the slots! Let Vegas be Vegas! Ha Ha Ha - have a good time! Oh, go to church, it is GOOD FRIDAY!

  8. Chris G. is an unremarkable civil servant with an unpronouncible last name. She spouts that policy doublespeak with such speed that your eyes glaze over in 30 seconds. A fine, forgetable, choice if you want to be Evansville, Lubbock or Wichita. But this is Las Vegas and you need something to set you apart. The Goodman schtick still has legs and is a proven attention getter. The mayor's job is largely ceremonial, hire someone who can get you noticed.
    If the network news anchor can't pronounce the last name, they will go to another story. Don't make it difficult to get attention.