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Clark County commissioner calls Mayor Goodman 'reckless, dangerous'

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Posted at 9:36 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 09:25:47-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Clark County commissioner is calling Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman's defiance of Gov. Steve Sisolak's stay-at-home order "reckless and dangerous."

Goodman participated in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday that quickly went viral with her comments on reopening Las Vegas.

"I'd love everything open because I think we've had viruses for years," said Goodman, during the interview.

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However, her interview was met with backlash on social media from locals, celebrities, and county leaders in Southern Nevada.

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"I think it's frustrating when we have somebody who is not listening to medical experts, particularly in a time of such concern," said Michael Naft, Clark County commissioner, District A.

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Naft serves the Las Vegas Strip, south of Tropicana Avenue.

"Las Vegas Boulevard is the driver for the state and is so important, and that's why we have to stay home until such time medical experts say it's safe to go back," said Naft.

He also says the focus should be on the future and the right time to reopen the city.

Naft told 13 Action News that Goodman speaking on behalf of the city can be perceived as her representing all parts of the town, which she does not.

Mayor Goodman did admit that she does not represent the Las Vegas Strip, as the Strip is in an unincorporated part of Clark County and not the City of Las Vegas.

"I want to make sure the international community recognizes who is speaking for the people of Las Vegas, and that's Clark County," Naft said.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak used to be in Naft's role and said that the narrative of the mayor at the helm of this decision needs to end.

"I spent ten years on the Clark County Commission, and the Strip is governed by the Clark County Commission, not City Hall," Sisolak said. "I will never allow Southern Nevada or Nevadans to be used as some placebo in an experiment."

Naft says he and the other commissioners will not let Goodman's stance change their focus on making sure that needed resources are available.

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