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September 18, 2014

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Steve Ross, George Harris endorse Carolyn Goodman for Las Vegas mayor

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Chris Giunchigliani

During the primary for Las Vegas mayor, candidates Steve Ross and George Harris never missed an opportunity to slam opponent Carolyn Goodman.

Ross accused her of riding her husband's coattails and misleading him for more than a year about her intention to run for mayor. He sent out a news release titled, "Goodman to Goodman: Your education record sucks," and said Las Vegas leads the nation in unemployment because the mayor isn’t focused on jobs.

Harris called out Carolyn Goodman for failing to hold developers to their promises and disagreed with her positions on school vouchers, prostitution and collective bargaining.

Two months later, Ross and Harris couldn't praise Goodman enough. Both endorsed her today.

"I've seen what a great mayor can do, and I see another great mayor standing next to me," Ross said from Goodman's campaign headquarters.

"Carolyn will be the better pick for voters because she has a stronger understanding of how bad our economy is," said Harris, who will officially endorse Goodman Thursday during a fundraiser he's hosting for her. "Her ability to sit with people and discuss issues is amazing."

Both Harris and Ross attribute their change of heart to the narrowed general election field. Goodman is in a head-to-head battle with Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani for the mayor's job.

Harris said he criticized Goodman while he was still in the race because he wanted to differentiate himself from the other candidates. He said he also thinks Giunchigliani should finish her Commission term before seeking a different office.

Ross simply said, "That was the primary."

Ross also refused to comment on whether he still thinks Mayor Oscar Goodman created "a mess" in the city.

In March, Ross wrote on his Twitter account: "Is Carolyn good with a mop? With 50,000 Las Vegans out of a job...Oscar is leaving a big mess to clean up."

Instead, Ross, a city Councilman, called Oscar Goodman's redevelopment and job creation efforts "incredible."

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  1. In March, Ross wrote on his Twitter account: "Is Carolyn good with a mop? With 50,000 Las Vegans out of a job...Oscar is leaving a big mess to clean up."

    NOW, he supports #oscarswife?

    So, she's got the ethically challenged and bigoted Ross on her side along with her coterie of Felons and Mob types? Nice. When you add this to her list of B-list celeb endorsements who don't live in Las Vegas, she's looking sorta lame.

    Chris G on the other hand has everyone from Animal Rights activists to Ethnic groups on her side with a slew of endorsements from across the city.

    Hmm, experience and support of the grassroots or a puppet for her hubby and a bunch of people who wouldn't knows morals unless it was a charge thrown at them (btw, that comment is NOT aimed at Harris).

  2. My Momma always told me that "birds of a feather, flock together!"

    Here we have those without vision, ideas, or energy to improve our community hunched together preening each others feathers.

    Oscar may be the cock of the walk of the moment with no one inclined to ruffle his feathers, but that is all Carolyn has going for her.

    When the poop once again piles high the pigeons won't be gathered round the turkey in the farm yard.

  3. One word, credibility! Steve Ross has none, nor George Harris. This is the problem with politicians, they lie and think we the voters will forget the lies they tell. Carolyn Goodman is not qualified to be mayor of Las Vegas. Steve Ross and George Harris are helping the many voters see this truth with their flawed-tainted endorsement.

    Time for a change, time to vote Chris Giunchigiliani for Mayor of Las Vegas. She is qualified.

  4. Who cares who Ross endorses....? If she had a clue she would have made sure he did not announce his endorsement.

  5. It baffles me how a candidate can throw tons of mud at an opponent in a primary and then flip-flop their position after they got their butt kicked.

    Steve Ross is a bigot. His inability to understand minority issues became very apparent in the primary (Think SB283). But maybe that is why he is endorsing Oscar's wife. She shares the the same bigoted views.

    Let's look at facts. Ms Goodman has accepted the support of a convicted felon, and now a councilman that has been judged guilty of ethical violations while on the City Council. Accepting their support and endorsements? Really Carolyn? Isn't this 'old school' style of leadership?

    The choice is very clear - old school, back room dealings (Oscar's Wife), or new, transparent and fresh ideas for moving Las Vegas into the 21st century - Chris Giunchigliani!

  6. Wait a minute: Steve Ross was originally anointed by Oscar until one day when Oscar's wife decided to run and ruined his chances and now he's endorsing the same woman (and man) who screwed him? Me thinks I smell a rat.

    Every thing about Carolyn Goodman's campaign is screwy, smelly, and slimy. There isn't a single thing about her I trust or believe to be real.

    The longer this goes on, the more I fear for Las Vegas if Carolyn Goodman has ANYTHING to do with our city.