Businessman Chaltiel’s business plan thin on specifics

It’s hard not to admire the success story of Las Vegas mayoral candidate Victor Chaltiel. In the past 38 years the France-born businessman has made America home, he’s graduated from the Harvard Business School and had a lot of success as a venture capitalist and in the medial services field.

As he touts on his official website,, he’s “A Businessman. Not a Politician.”

Where have we heard that line before?

Oh, yes, from every businessman who has ever entered a political campaign. But we’ll let that one go for now.

What’s strangely humorous is that this incredibly successful businessman, a maven’s maven of high finance and entrepreneurial enterprise, has a really lame second on “Economic Growth and Job Creation” on his official website.

It’s a nice advertisement for Victor Chaltiel, Successful Businessman.” But it’s a big zero when it comes to forwarding anything specific or resembling a new idea.

To wit:

“As a Harvard MBA, a Senior Executive of several major companies and founder of his own successful independent start ups, Victor has the experience necessary to guide Las Vegas through these difficult times and focus on adding jobs, jobs, jobs. Clearly, Victor Chaltiel is the only candidate running for Mayor who has a serious track record of creating jobs.”

Intriguing, tell us more.

“Victor’s first priority will be to support the core industries that make Las Vegas what it is today: The Entertainment Capital of the World. He will continue to aggressively promote Las Vegas nationally, and will go further by expanding those efforts internationally. Additional jobs will be created as these hotel, gaming and entertainment business grow through increased worldwide tourism to Vegas. As an experienced world traveler and Vegas’ biggest fan, Victor is the Mayoral candidate to promote Las Vegas internationally.

“Victor Chaltiel will make Las Vegas the most people friendly and business friendly city in the world. With no state income tax, Nevada already has one of the best business climates in the United States, but that alone is not enough. Victor, as mayor, will help eliminate unnecessary red tape and costly delays for our citizens and businesses, lower taxes and make our city run more efficiently. Victor will personally roll out the red carpet to all businesses, large and small, international and national, that want to explore moving or opening a new business here in Las Vegas: diversification is key to Vegas’ future.”

Okay, that’s all I can stand.

Forget the fact that his own website talked about the candidate in the third person. It’s a lot of vague stuff floated at a time voters need specifics if they are going to actually get off the couch and cast a vote for a guy with a heavy French accent. Note to candidate: Voters don’t need more hot air.

“A Businessman. Not a Politician.”

And not a mayor, either, unless he can get specific in a hurry.

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