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Square pegs in square holes

All hail Oscar B. Goodman, mayor of Las Vegas, a man who held a community class college lesson last week called “How to make a martini with the mayor”.

"Mr. Goodman has made his love of drink a central element in a very successful public persona. A former criminal defense lawyer who made a fortune representing mobsters and their henchmen, Mr. Goodman is regularly seen at public events with a martini in hand, often flanked by a cadre of showgirls....“Las Vegas is a party town,” Mr. Goodman said. “And I believe that people are supposed to have fun here. And unless you have some sort of religious compunction against drinking, that’s part of our fabric.”

He also makes an important point about the wider process: "I do think this country needs a president who drinks”.

Way to go Oscar.

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Blogger Newmania said... 12:56 pm

NIce one C I daresay we can expec the meja to catch up with you on this in a few days . Great Little story and I must admit I have great trouble trusting people who do not drink.  



Blogger CityUnslicker said... 12:57 pm

if carries on like the the AA crew will issue a writ against him for poisoning their business prospects.

Is this man ginger and of scottish ancestry per chance?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 1:12 pm

He looks to be a scion of the House of Judah, not a people renowned for their heavy drinking. He had a bit part in 'Casino' too.  



Anonymous David Allen said... 1:42 pm

and he even drinks Bombay Sapphire _ my favourite brand!
(I had thought that was a cigarillo in his hand too, aparking Croydonian's interest, but on closer inspection, it may just be part of the door-closer...)  



Blogger Croydonian said... 1:47 pm

There's much to be said for Sapphire, but I think original strength Plymouth or Tanqueray win out for me.  



Blogger Newmania said... 2:52 pm

Typical  



Blogger kris said... 3:08 pm

I think the good mayor has a point!  



Blogger istanbultory said... 4:12 pm

A little digging reveals that Goodman also spent 35 years as a defense lawyers for mobsters and other deviants before entering into politics. The following is worth a look.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/24/AR2005072401251_pf.html  



Blogger Croydonian said... 4:46 pm

Kris - Indeed. Some of our finest leaders have been known to like a drop.

IT - There are plenty of dodgy lawyers in British public life, but Goodman sounds more fun than our ones....  



Anonymous hg said... 6:08 pm

But Croydonian, o ur very own Goodman was a magnificent figure of a lawyer and man of culture too; rivals Andreotti for my admiration.  



Anonymous verity said... 10:58 pm

Well, I like the cut of his jib, but I never could drink a gin martini. The mere thought ...

Vodkatinis, though, nice. With an olive, because you shouldn't drink on an empty stomach.  



Anonymous Mr R said... 11:11 pm

He sounds like he could teach a few of our politicians a thing or two. I'm with Verity on the vodkatinis.  



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