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Chris Giunchigliani goes negative in Las Vegas mayoral ad

Updated Wednesday, May 18, 2011 | 2:52 p.m.

A man in a doctor's coat aims a long needle into the mouth of a patient and exclaims: "Now don't you worry, my wife is a dentist."

A woman botches a card deal at a casino table, then offers: "It'll be fine, my husband's a dealer."

A man climbs into the pilot's seat of a small plane and says: "My partner is an airline pilot. How hard can it be?"

Those are the opening scenes of a new campaign commercial released today by Las Vegas mayoral candidate Chris Giunchigliani.

The ad pokes fun at opponent Carolyn Goodman, who claims to be qualified for the mayor's job in part because she is the wife of current Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.

"Some jobs, like being mayor, require skills," a voice in the ad says. "But Carolyn Goodman doesn't know the issues and doesn't have any plans."

Giunchigliani is the first to go negative in the mayoral race. Both campaigns have run television spots but up until now they highlighted their candidate's accomplishments, not her opponent's shortcomings.

Early voting starts Saturday, and the general election is June 7.

A call to the Goodman campaign was not immediately returned, but Goodman's campaign issued a statement criticizing Giunchigliani for failing to run a "positive, dignified" campaign. "The commissioner may think this is funny, but I don't," Goodman said in the statement.

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