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Chris Giunchigliani goes negative in Las Vegas mayoral ad

Updated Wednesday, May 18, 2011 | 2:52 p.m.

A man in a doctor's coat aims a long needle into the mouth of a patient and exclaims: "Now don't you worry, my wife is a dentist."

A woman botches a card deal at a casino table, then offers: "It'll be fine, my husband's a dealer."

A man climbs into the pilot's seat of a small plane and says: "My partner is an airline pilot. How hard can it be?"

Those are the opening scenes of a new campaign commercial released today by Las Vegas mayoral candidate Chris Giunchigliani.

The ad pokes fun at opponent Carolyn Goodman, who claims to be qualified for the mayor's job in part because she is the wife of current Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.

"Some jobs, like being mayor, require skills," a voice in the ad says. "But Carolyn Goodman doesn't know the issues and doesn't have any plans."

Giunchigliani is the first to go negative in the mayoral race. Both campaigns have run television spots but up until now they highlighted their candidate's accomplishments, not her opponent's shortcomings.

Early voting starts Saturday, and the general election is June 7.

A call to the Goodman campaign was not immediately returned, but Goodman's campaign issued a statement criticizing Giunchigliani for failing to run a "positive, dignified" campaign. "The commissioner may think this is funny, but I don't," Goodman said in the statement.

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  1. Damnation!!! I wish I could vote in this election; but alas, we're in unincorporated Clark County and thus inelligible. The only good thing I can say about the election for heronner the mayor is, at least my County Commissioner, Susan Brager isn't running for the office. If her responsiveness to my concerns is any clue to her performance, she'd be a disaster. Well, at least our property taxes are lower than denizens of the city of L. V.

  2. Meanwhile, the mayor is using taxpayer funds to pay for political mailers!

  3. If you can't win on your merits, you don't deserve to win.

  4. Usually these bottom feeder attacks occur when a candidate is loosing.

  5. It's that old saying, sometimes the truth hurts.

  6. Honestly, it's hard for me to understand why people would vote for Carolyn Goodman. Using her logic, this ad is right on target. Would you want the spouse of your professional assuming care for you when they have no skills or background to do so?

    Who here has been to any of the candidate forums? Have you spoken with Carolyn and Chris directly? Do you know how many debates Carolyn has either refused to participate in or canceled at the last minute? Do you realize that of the forums she did participate in that she demanded the forum be changed to suit her? Did you know she wanted to see all questions up front?

    Do you know how many meetings and forums she's walked out of while other candidates were speaking because she was done with her own presentation and had other, "important appointments"? Did you know that a week ago when she declined to participate in a debate in front of 7th graders at the 100 Excellence Academy School that she chose to speak to a bunch of supporting moms in a swanky restaurant instead? Why? So she could TALK to them about education instead of ROLE MODELING it for real students in our education system.

    Do you know how many times she has said she doesn't know specifically what she would do to change our local government system because she doesn't know enough about it? Did you hear her when she said she couldn't speculate on things she doesn't know about until she gets into office?

    There is only one other candidate I'm aware of in recent history who said she didn't have any plans yet, asked us to avoid asking her questions, and just wanted us to put her into office before she could tell us what she wanted to do when she got there and that was Sharron Angle.

    And just in case you don't think Carolyn is like Angle or any of her tea bagging friends, take a look at Stoney's First Friday celebration on June 3rd and see who Carolyn and Oscar are hanging out with.

  7. What exactly about the as is an "attack"? Anyone who knows me knows that I am a Chris G supporter. I support her because she actually gets out and meets and listens to the voters. I have never, not once, seen #oscarswife at any community event that I have been at. Only now, when she's trying to extend Oscars' reign does she try and play "everywoman". It's insulting and she should be happy that no one has yet gone for the jugular on how absolutely unprepared she is for the job of Mayor.

    "You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!"

  8. The most valuable jobs require qualifications!

    Carolyn is no more qualified to take on the job of mayor than any other non-profit manager. When she had the choice throughout her career to be in service to our community or retreat - she retreated into an exclusive private school.

    Chris G has built a career on her own qualifications and hard work. She simply knows more, will do more, and be a better advocate for Las Vegas than Goodman who should be hanging out with the shuffleboard set.

    Truth Hurts the Goodmans - and the cronies counting on another decade on their coat tails.

    End the Goodman regime NOW! Qualifications over dynasties.

  9. I read last week that Steve Sebelius mentioned that he was attending a Las Vegas Mayoral election event where Chris G. spent 8 minutes answering a question. I fear it was a yes or no question. That is the prime example of why Chris G. shouldn't be Mayor-she doesn't know when to shut up and thinks she knows best sooo much that she will keep babbling until everyone's eyes glaze over. Mayor of Las Vegas is a glad hand job. It isn't a strong Mayor city and the Mayor can't make big policy changes.

    I have never heard Chris G. described as "charming". Never. Electing her would be a disaster.

  10. Too bad. I just commented last week to a friend about how this campaign was the way it should be with each candidate speaking to their own skills and not bashing the opponant. I was having a hard time deciding who to vote for. Chris just made up my mind. Carolyn gets my vote.

  11. As I alluded to earlier, Ms. Singer: One can never elevate themselves by denigrating another.

  12. Sounds like Carolyn needs to stand up and address these issues. She sounds weak, uninformed and absent from any forum that would allow the voters to see her debate with other front runners on important local issues. Chris's add is a far cry from negative or bashing, it simply states the truth which is apparently upsetting to Carolyn, boo hoo. Anyone voting for her deserves what they get.

  13. Like Sahara Palin, I can see Russia from my house; so I'm an expert on foriegn affairs.....
    I like Oscar, but GIVE US a BREAK!!!