Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 | 2 a.m.
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Sometimes, it’s a little rough hanging around former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.
Just ask Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, a member of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors, who found himself in Goodman’s shadow during a few recent trips.
Goodman and Weekly served together on the Las Vegas City Council, and most Southern Nevadans know who they are. That isn’t the case in Miami or Brazil — at least for one of them.
Goodman recalled at Tuesday’s LVCVA board meeting how Weekly wasn’t treated very well on some recent forays.
On a couple of occasions, while hosts clamored to meet Goodman and the showgirls he flaunted on each arm, Weekly was asked to get drinks. Goodman was outraged but had to remain congenial.
So the next day, he concocted a story to make things right.
“I asked a taxi driver, ‘Do you know who this is?'" Goodman said. "'It’s the president of Uganda.’”
Word spread about the guest “dignitary,” and by the time Goodman and Weekly got back to the resort, everybody was much nicer to Weekly.
“I had security walking me to my room and people were calling me ‘your excellency,’” Weekly said.
Goodman said he hopes to use the story in a book he’s writing about his life.