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Poker Pro Doug Polk Starts Process To Recall Las Vegas Mayor

Petition Was Filed In Response To Mayor Carolyn Goodman's Controversial CNN Interview

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Former poker pro Doug Polk is making waves in the Las Vegas political world after filing a notice of intent to recall Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

The move comes a couple of weeks after Goodman made headlines with a controversial CNN interview with Anderson Cooper where she advocated for hotels and casinos to be reopened immediately and made remarks about using the city as a “control group” for coronavirus.

The three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner made the first of a two-step process to initiate a recall election, as he explained in a YouTube video he published to his channel Thursday morning.

The first step was to file the notice of intent with the City Clerk. Polk needed to get three signatures from Vegas residents that voted in the last Mayoral election.

“I got a couple extra signatures just in case and we have an official petition signed,” said Polk in his video.

The next step is acquiring 25 percent of the voters from the last election to sign a petition requesting a recall election. There were 26,723 total votes the last time Goodman was elected, meaning Polk will need at least 6,681 of those voters to sign the petition.

Once the threshold is met and the paperwork is filed, Goodman will have to run again in an election. Polk clarified that if he is successful in his efforts, there is no guarantee that Goodman will be removed.

“This isn’t an impeachment. There will be a new election. Goodman could win again,” said Polk.

Polk noted that there was a change.org petition to remove Goodman from office, but he informed his viewers that the petition was useless. The only way Goodman can be removed from office at this point is through the ballot box.

At the end of his video, Polk joked about running against Goodman and jumped into a comedy sketch where he gave a campaign speech centered around the premise that he was simply not Goodman.

Polk has tweeted in the past that he had political aspirations, but when reached for comment Polk indicated that it likely won’t be in a possible recall election against Goodman.

“At some point, I am going to get into politics,” said Polk. “I have a feeling this will not be it, but I’m not against the idea.”

The current mayor responded to Polk’s actions on Twitter Thursday afternoon with a tweet that said “Regarding the recall effort: This is America. That’s his choice.”

Goodman has been elected to the position for three consecutive terms. Her term is scheduled to end 2024. She is following in the footsteps of her husband, Oscar Goodman, who held the same job titles over three terms from 1999-2001.

 
 
 
 

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fester67
26 days ago

I'm sure over 50% of the population agrees with her so you are wasting your time. It is kind of like that Trump/Hillary thing. The 50% who supported Hillary couldn't believe there was 50% who supported Trump.

 
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oliveras19
26 days ago

WOW! THREE MAYORAL TERMS FROM 1999 TO 2001. IT IS NOT WORTH RUNNING FOR MAYOR FOR 2/3 OF ONE YEAR FOR EACH TERM. TOO MUCH WORK AND TOO EXPENSIVE.

 
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JackHighest
26 days ago

Didn't Polk make a large wager there would be no live poker in Vegas due to Corona? I'm sure there isn't any underlying motivation here...

 
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Manko989
26 days ago

Nobody said you couldn't still stay home you big babies.

 
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oliveras19
25 days ago

VEGAS WILL NEVER RETURN TO ITS GLORY DAYS.

 
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