Our five favorite Oscar Goodman quotes

Mayor Oscar Goodman during his second to last day in office at Las Vegas City Hall Tuesday, July 5, 2011.
Photo: Leila Navidi

No one drops a line like Oscar. Here are a few of our favorites from decades of jabs, cracks and jokes

“When I ran for mayor, I was told, ‘Take off your pinstripes and roll up your sleeves and wear khakis,’ things like that. But that’s not me. I knock on doors, and little old ladies up in Summerlin say, ‘Hey, it’s the mafia lawyer! Come on in and have some cookies and milk!’ I love it!” –The Kats Report on lasvegasweekly.com

“I am the spokesperson for Bombay Sapphire. But the truth is, by the time you get halfway through the bottle, you really don’t know what you’re drinking anymore.” –from a 2004 interview with Esquire

“In the old days in France, they had beheading of people who commit heinous crimes. You know, we have a beautiful highway landscaping redevelopment in our Downtown. We have desert tortoises and beautiful paintings of flora and fauna. These punks come along and deface it. I’m saying, maybe you put them on TV and cut off a thumb. … That may be the right thing to do.” –during an appearance on Nevada Newsmakers TV show

“I’d take one Betty over 100 showgirls any day.” -on Fabulous Las Vegas sign designer Betty Willis

“I’ll bet on a cockroach. About a month ago, in fact, there was a cockroach in the basement of City Hall. I put out a memo: If anybody touches that cockroach, you’re outta here. We called him Lucky. I would bet people which way he would go.” –from a 2004 interview with Esquire


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