Organizers suspend effort to recall Mayor Goodman

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(Shea Johnson | Las Vegas Review-Journal) – Organizers abruptly ended their effort Wednesday to recall Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman over her response to the coronavirus pandemic, citing the logistical challenges and risks of collecting signatures posed by the virus itself.

“It just started to look like a very, very unfavorable situation,” lead organizer and former professional poker player Doug Polk said by phone. “It’s disappointing to say the least.”

Polk notified supporters by email that the Committee to Recall Mayor Carolyn Goodman was suspending its effort, a move that comes the week after organizers disclosed to the city that they had not collected any signatures toward launching a recall election by the halfway point in the process.

“I’m delighted that this is off the table because we have so many issues and it’s really about the greater good of our community and it’s not about me,” Goodman said when asked for her reaction. …

What went wrong?

The recall effort had the promised backing by top Democratic donor Stephen J. Cloobeck, who had vowed to spend “whatever it takes” to force Goodman into a recall election.

But by June 20, halfway into the 90-day process, the committee had not received any contributions of more than $100, and had not collected a single one of the 6,745 signatures required to put a recall on the ballot.

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