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January 20, 2018

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Goodman still mum on endorsement for governor

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Dylan Scott

Mayor Oscar Goodman addresses the media Thursday at his weekly press conference.

Perhaps the most interesting moment of Mayor Oscar Goodman’s press conference Thursday was when he said nothing at all.

Goodman declined to endorse either Rory Reid, the Democrats’ pick for Nevada’s open governor’s office, or Brian Sandoval, the GOP nominee, until further notice. Goodman threw his support Saturday behind Reid’s father, Harry, for reelection to the U.S. Senate.

The announcement, Goodman explained, would require a little more fanfare than the sparsely populated City Council Chambers on Thursday morning.

“When I support somebody, it has to be like a big deal. It has to be like a tour,” Goodman said, referring to his survey of the Smith’s Center construction site with Senator Reid that followed his endorsement. “When we do it, it will be done with aplomb.”

He added that his decision would come “pretty soon.”

Goodman himself considered a run for governor in the early days of the campaign, even dropping his Democratic affiliation to possibly run as an independent. Six months of speculation ended in January, though, when Goodman said he was content to ride out the rest of his term as mayor.

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