Oscar Goodman

  • Aired:  09/23/10
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Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman remembers his days as a mob lawyer and believes graffiti artists should have their thumbs cut off. (5:10)

FOLKS.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE MAYOR OF

LAS VEGAS.

HE HAD BETTER BE CAREFUL BECAUSE

THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS.

PLEASE WELCOME MAYOR OSCAR

GOODMAN.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

SORRY.

THEY DESERVED ANOTHER CURTAIN

CALL.

MR. MAYOR, GOOD TO SEE YOU.

>> GOOD TO BE HERE.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE FASCINATING

FIGURE.

>> I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT.

>> Stephen: YOU ABSOLUTELY

ARE.

YOU A FLASHY, OUTSPOKEEN

EFFERVESCENT MAYOR OF SIN CITY.

>> THE GREATEST CITY IN THE

UNIVERSE.

>> Stephen: IT IS, AND IF IT'S

NOT THE GREATEST CITY, THEY CAN

IMPORT PART OF THE GREATEST CITY

THERE AND CHARGE YOU TO SEE IT.

THAT'S WHAT THEY DO THERE.

NOW, A FEW YEARS AGO EVERYBODY

WAS TALKING ABOUT LAS VEGAS

BEING THE FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY,

RIGHT?

BRING THE KIDS AND THE SHOW

GIRLS WILL BABY-SIT THEM OR

SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

WHY IS IT NOW AGAIN SIN CITY?

>> WELL, WE'RE NOT SIN CITY AS

MUCH AS WE ARE AN ADULT

PLAYGROUND.

THAT HAPPENED WHEN I WAS FIRST

ELECTED.

I AM CHAIRMAN OF THE CONVENTION

AUTHORITY.

AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT'S

LAS VEGAS SUPPOSED TO BE?

WE'RE NOT A DISNEYLAND.

WE'RE PLACE WHERE ADULTS CAN

HAVE A GOOD TIME, GO TO THE CUT

OF LEGALITY AND NOT FALL OVER,

OF COURSE,...

>> Stephen: THAT'S A THIN

BLADE EDGE.

>> BUT THAT'S WHAT IT'S ABOUT.

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU THINK

YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO AS LONG

AS YOU DON'T BREAK THE LAW.

>> Stephen: YOU EMBODIED THAT.

YOU WERE SPEAKING TO ELEMENTARY

SCHOOL AND YOU WERE ASKED WHAT

YOUR HOBBY WAS AND YOU SAID

DRINKING ALCOHOL.

>> THAT'S BEEN BLOWN OUT OF

PROPORTION.

BUT WHAT ELSE DO PEOPLE DRINK?

[LAUGHTER]

NO, WHAT HAD HAPPENED SI WAS

ASKED BY SOME SCHOOL CHILD WHO I

WAS READING TO THEIR CLASS.

>> Stephen:, WHAT WERE YOU

READING?

>> I THINK IT WAS DR. SEUSS.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

>> THE CHILD RAISED HIS HAND AND

SAID, MAYOR, IF YOU WERE ON A

DESERT ISLAND IN THE MIDDLE OF

THE OCEAN, WHAT'S THE ONE THING

YOU WOULD WANT?

I DON'T KNOW YOUR RELIGIOUS

PREFERENCES, BUT I WAS NOT GOING

TO SAY THE OLD TESTMENT OR EVEN

THE KORAN, AND I SAID, I THINK

I'D LIKE A BOTTLE OF GIN.

>> Stephen: HOW OLD A CHILD

WAS THIS?

>> FOURTH GRADER.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

>> HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS

TALKING ABOUT.

THE STORY HAS EMBELLISHED OVER

THE YEARS.

NOW IT'S A BOTTLE OF GIN AND TWO

SHOW GIRLS.

>> Stephen: BEFORE YOU WERE

MARRIED...

>> MARRIED?

>> Stephen: MAYOR.

ARE YOU MARRIED?

>> 40 BEAUTIFUL YEARS TO THE

SAME WOMAN.

>> Stephen: SO BEFORE YOU WERE

MAYOR YOU WERE A MOB LAWYER.

I DON'T WANT TO GO INTO DETAILS

BECAUSE I FEAR FOR MY LIFE, BUT

WHY DID YOU DO THAT?

DID YOU HAVE ANY COMPUNCTIONS

ABOUT REPRESENTED REPUTED

MOBSTERS?

>> NOT AT ALL.

I PRIDED MYSELF IN THE FACT I

WAS ABLE TO KEEP THE SYSTEM

STRAIGHT.

IF YOU READ "USA TODAY," THE

PRIMARY STORY ON THE FRONT

PAGE...

>> Stephen: I TRY NOT TO READ

IT.

IT'S MOSTLY JUST A MESS OF

COLORS.

>> THIS IS PRETTY GOOD BECAUSE

IT SHOWS PROSECUTORIAL

MISCONDUCT.

IT SHOWS WHERE PROSECUTORS WERE

ABUSING CITIZENS' RIGHTS.

THEY WERE FABRICATING TESTIMONY.

THEY WERE NOT DISCLOSING

EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE AND THE

LIKE, AND THAT'S WHAT I DID FOR

A LIVING.

I RARELY PUT A CLIENTS ON THE

STAND.

I MADE SURE THE GOVERNMENT DID

ITS JOB RIGHT AND THAT THEY

CONDUCTED THEIR SELVES ACCORDING

TO THE CONSTITUTION, THAT THEY

DIDN'T ENGAGE.

>> I'M A PERSON WHO STRONGLY

BELIEVES IN THE CONSTITUTION.

>> DOES VEGAS HAVE A TEA PARTY?

OR WOULD THAT BE CALLED A JOINT?

>> WE HAVE... THE TEA PARTY HAS

A PRESENCE THERE, YES, THEY DO.

I MADE SURE THE PROSECUTION

PROVED ITS CASE.

I HAD NO PROBLEMS SLEEPING AT

NIGHT TRYING TO THIS THAT.

THEY WEREN'T ENTITLED TO A

CONVICTION IF THEY COULDN'T

CONVICT MY CLIENTS UNDER THE

LAW.

>> YOU SAID GRAFFITI ARTISTS

SHOULD HAVE THEIR THUMBS CUT

OFF.

>> I DID SAY THAT.

>> YES, YOU DID.

>> WOULD YOU THINK ABOUT TURNING

THAT INTO A SHOW ON THE STRIP?

MAKE IT PART OF LIKE SITTING

FREEDOM AND ROY AND YOU CAN TOSS

THUMBS TO THE TIGERS.

>> WHAT HAD HAPPENED IS I'VE

BEEN TRYING TO HAVE OUR HIGHWAYS

BEAUTIFIED.

YOU FINALLY GOT SOME BEAUTIFUL

STONE DESERT TORTOISES UP.

AND THE DAY THEY WERE PLACED

THERE, I FELT PROUD THAT THE

BEAUTIFUL HIGHWAY AND SOME TIGER

WENT THERE, HE DEFACED IT, AND I

SAID ONCE THEY CATCH THEM, I'M

GOING TO GET AHOLD OF THEM, AND

I'M GOING TO CUT HIS THUMB OFF.

SO THEY CAUGHT HIM.

AND THEY BROUGHT HIM UP TO MY

OFFICE AND THEY PUT MACHETE IN

FRONT OF ME.

THIS KID WILL NEVER TANK AGAIN.

>> COUNTING OFF THE FOREFINGER.

THAT'S THE ONE YOU PRAY WITH.

>> I THINK THE TIGERS USE THE

THUMB.

>> Stephen: THE THUMB IS

BETTER.

IF YOU CUT OFF THE THUMB, YOU

CAN STILL WORK THE SLOTS.

IT'S BETTER FOR VEGAS.

>> IT'S GOOD FOR VEGAS.

>> Stephe

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