Mayor’s Wife Succeeds Mayor

Caroline Goodman, the wife of outgoing Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, was elected Mayor of Las Vegas yesterday:

Chisel a new first name on the poker chips, clear out the booze from the mayor’s office and let the transition begin. There’s going to be a new mayor in Las Vegas with a familiar name.

Carolyn Goodman, wife of three-terms-and-you’re-out Mayor Oscar Goodman, easily won election Tuesday, beating Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani 60 percent to 40 percent.

Goodman volunteers cheered and hugged as the results came in and Goodman’s lead became apparent. Goodman held a 30-point lead after early voting results were tallied.

“This isn’t about me. It’s about our city and what we want,” Goodman said.

Well, it is Vegas, so it’s going to be unconventional.

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  1. Chad S says:

    I guess you forgot that George Wallace’s wife succeeded him as Governor of Alabama.

  2. I am well aware of that event, even thought it happened before I was born.

    And honestly it’s unclear that Mrs. Wallace was ever anything more than a figurehead with George being the power behind the throne. We know now that she had been diagnosed with cancer and was being treated secretly during the campaign. The voters knew none of this, and she ended up dying by early 1968.

  3. It’s also worth noting that Mrs. Wallace was succeed by her Lt. Governor, who served for the remainder of her term and was then succeeded by, you guessed it, George Wallace

  4. Chad S says:

    Thats all true. My point is that this isn’t some vegas thing or anything new.