Las Vegas Mayor who offered her city as Coronavirus ‘Control Group’ faces Recall Petition filed by Poker Pro

  • Doug Polk, a former professional poker player, filed a recall petition to oust Las Vegas Mayor
  • Polk will be required to collect 6,745 signatures from registered voters to be allowed to hold a mayoral recall election.
  • Mayor Goodman argues that the fatality rate in Nevada (0.5%) is low
  •  So far, Nevada has 2,836 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 112 death. 
  • Mayor insists on positioning Vegas as a control group for the whole country. 

Doug Polk, a former professional poker player, filed a recall petition to oust Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goodman

The petition comes as a reaction to the Mayor’s remarks regarding businesses opening back in Las Vegas. 

Polk, like many others, believes that rushing to re-open businesses will certainly increase the number of coronavirus cases. 

Polk mentions in statements to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “Goodman has failed to responsibly represent her constituency, not only in her clear disregard for public health but also in her support for the casino owners over the people of Las Vegas.”

He also adds, “she is barely able to speak coherent sentences while discussing the subject matter. She is unfit to serve as the mayor of Las Vegas.”

The former poker professional filed the petition at the city’s clerk’s office last Wednesday. He will be required to collect 6,745 signatures from registered voters in order to be allowed to hold a mayoral recall election.

Goodman responded to Polk’s recall petition by saying, “What can I say? You know this is America. That’s his choice. Everybody’s entitled to their own political opinions.”

Goodman calls statewide shutdown “total insanity”

During Las Vegas city council meeting, Mayor Goodmann asked Nevada’s Governor Steve Sisolak to reopen businesses in an attempt to save the state’s economy. 

“This shutdown has become one of total insanity, in my opinion, for there is no backup of data as to why we are shut down for a start. No plan in place of how to move through the shutdown or how even to come out of it,” said Goodman. 

In her opinion, the Mayor argues that the fatality rate in Nevada (0.5%) is low. She believes that the low death rate doesn’t justify the statewide shutdown of casinos and other non-essential businesses. 

It is worth mentioning that so far, Nevada has 2,836 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 112 death. 

“We cannot keep our heads in the sand and think it’s going to go away. We’re adults with brains who can know what to do to wash our hands, to take all precautions not to spread this disease,” said Goodman. 

How does the Mayor plan to protect people for the coronavirus?

CNN host Anderson Cooper, confronted the Mayor earlier last week on re-opening the city by saying, “You’re encouraging hundreds of thousands of people coming there in casinos, smoking, drinking, touching slot machines, breathing circulated air, and then returning home to states around America, and countries around the world. Doesn’t that sound like a virus petri dish?”

In her response, the Mayor insisted on positioning Vegas as a control group for the whole country without providing concrete information on testing measures for example.

I'm Adam Shaw, Senior Editor and one of the first members at VegasSlots. I'm a massive football sports fan but also love casinos and occasional trips to Las Vegas. Gaming runs in the family

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