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December 20, 2014

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Carolyn Goodman releases negative ad in Las Vegas mayoral race

She promised to run a clean campaign, but a negative ad produced by Las Vegas mayoral candidate Carolyn Goodman hit the airwaves this week.

The commercial focuses on a meeting in which Giunchigliani cursed at a nurse, using the F-word.

"To be effective, the mayor must be a consensus builder. That's not Chris Giunchigliani, a typical politician with a hostile reputation," a voice in the ad says.

It also quotes UMC adviser Jim Rogers saying Giunchigliani’s behavior will have a chilling effect on business.

Goodman had vowed to run a positive campaign and steer clear of slams on her opponent. She said she released the negative ad in response to a Giunchigliani attack on her.

Goodman told Sun columnist Jon Ralston she produced the ad earlier in the campaign because she had been "warned" that Giunchigliani might go negative.

Giunchigliani on Wednesday released an ad in which she accuses Goodman of riding her husband’s coattails and of being unprepared to be mayor.

Early voting in the mayoral race begins Saturday.

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  1. I'm sorry to see you lowered yourself to this level Carolyn. Now you've both become typical politicians. Sad.

  2. Ms. Goodman appears to be a nice person...she is just unqualified for the position of mayor. Perhaps some charity could use her as a spokesperson?

  3. mrs. goodman is in fact the best candidate since she has already been the sounding board for the mayor for the last 16 years,plus she has the asset in her husband that the other candidat does not have.

  4. Neither of these two candidates really get me to want to jump out of bed and go vote. Carolyn Goodman has difficulty providing any reasonable answers when asked questions about city management. On the other hand, Chris Giunchigliani is a Bully, a Union puppet, a Tax and spender, and won't mind raising property taxes if she gets the chance.
    It's likely Ms Goodman can't do much damage if she's elected as her vote is only one on the Council with no Veto power. Ms Giunchigliani will Bully the weak kneed Council into do what she wants.
    I will probably toss a coin when it's time to vote.

  5. Please don't "toss a coin" when you vote. Just look at both candidates with a clear eye and decide. You may not vote for the candidate I prefer, Giunchigliani, but you'll sleep better knowing you made your decision based on research.

    Goodman has no experience or reason to be in this race other than her husband doesn't want to leave. If the Mayor has no real power, why do the Goodmans want the office so badly?

  6. ...hmmmm, uhm, er, uhm...a politician made a promise with great fanfare and shortly after broke that promise?...status quo...

  7. Goodman attacks Giunchigliani for going negative? I couldn't disagree more. I think Giunchigliani's ad focused on something Goodman has been saying all along: that she wants to continue her husband's vision and having slept beside him for 12 years during his mayoral tenure makes her the best possible candidate for the job.

    On the flip side, Goodman's ad attacked Giunchigliani's personality. She didn't go after Chris' record, she didn't go after Chris' development plan, and she didn't go after Chris' commitment because Chris' record of public service is solid.

    So, if anyone had a negative ad, it was Goodman.

  8. The primary job of the mayor of Las Vegas, as I see it, is to promote the city and the Strip for tourism.

    When viewed in that light, Carolyn is much more qualified than Chris.

    Say what you want about Oscar, but he really comes across as representing the spirit of Las Vegas, mob history and all (whether you like that spirit or not.) Chris G. simply does not do that.

    Las Vegas is unique in this country (okay, Atlantic City tries, but so did Avis.) It needs, and deserves, a mayor who accepts and revels in that. Chris G. would do neither.

  9. Carolyn Goodman SHOULD go ahead and promote tourism with Oscar all she likes! Add her to the LVCVA board and have our region crown them King and Queen of Vegas! Sounds like great marketing to me!

    As for running the city we need someone with their own set of qualifications who has the chutzpah to run the city. When you read the full story Chris G is certainly not a union shill she was in a tougher room than Carolyn has ever faced. Anyone ever watch a city council meeting? Is grandma Carolyn going to let the nutcases roll on and on talking about space aliens? At least we know Chris knows how to run a meeting the primary job of mayor.

    We have term limits for a reason. Flush out the cronies and bring in new energy.

    Goodnight Goodmans! Hello Giunchigliani!