The Philadelphia Daily News, hometown newspaper of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, profiles the former Philadelphian.
"There is a clown component to Oscar," said John L. Smith, political columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and author of "Of Rats and Men: Oscar Goodman’s Life from Mob Mouthpiece to Mayor of Las Vegas" (2003, Huntington Press).
"He can put his foot in his mouth as quickly as anyone I’ve ever seen. And Oscar can’t resist the crowd."
And this from Goodman regarding a potential gubernatorial campaign that so far has been nothing but talk:
Although he acknowledged the rest of the state’s electorate is neither as sophisticated nor as liberal as Las Vegas’, he insisted if he does run, he won’t conform to what voters in what he likes to call "the cow counties" might want him to be.
"I won’t change," he said. "I envision making my announcement to run for governor with showgirls on my arm. If [the people] don’t like it, they can vote for someone else. And if I’m governor, I’ll cavort with showgirls and I’ll keep drinking my gin and betting on anything that moves.