John Edwards's $400 haircuts feed image: The Swamp
 
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Posted April 18, 2007 9:21 AM
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Posted by Frank James at 9:17 am CDT

Let's stipulate, as the trial lawyers might say, that John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator and current Democratic presidential candidate, is a smart, serious man.

But he's definitely got a bit of an image problem stemming from what, to many outsiders, looks like an obsessive focus on his image, his mirror image.

There's the video of him combing his hair that's been seen a gazillion times on YouTube and elsewhere. Of course, long before that video he was known as the Breck Girl because of his striking good looks.

Then there was this Associated Press story which I serve up for those who may not have seen it.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Looking pretty is costing John Edwards’ presidential campaign a lot of pennies.

The Democrat’s campaign committee picked up the tab for two haircuts at $400 each by celebrity stylist Joseph Torrenueva of Beverly Hills, Calif., according to a financial report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

FEC records show Edwards also availed himself of $250 in services from a trendy salon and spa in Dubuque, Iowa, and $225 in services from the Pink Sapphire in Manchester, N.H., which is described on its Web site as “a unique boutique for the mind, body and face” that caters mostly to women.

A spokeswoman for Edwards’ campaign did not respond to requests for comment.
Torrenueva - who specializes in men’s haircuts - confirmed in an interview with The Associated Press that Edwards is a longtime client and friend.

“I do cut his hair and I have cut it for quite a while,” Torrenueva said. “We’ve been friends a long time.”
Referring to a picture of Edwards published Tuesday in The Los Angeles Times, Torrenueva said: “That’s my cut.” The stylist said he couldn’t vouch for the source of Edwards’ haircuts in other photos.

One reason the cost of the cut was so steep even by Beverly Hills standards is that Torrenueva went to Edwards rather than the candidate coming into the stylist’s salon a block off Rodeo Drive.

“I go to him wherever convenient,” Torrenueva said. He declined to identify where the cuts paid for by the campaign took place.

Campaign records also show the former North Carolina senator’s campaign paid $248 on March 1 to the Designworks Salon in Dubuque.

According to Designworks’ Web site, the salon and spa features a wide variety of beauty and health services, including massages, facials, body polishes, self tanners, and rosemary mint and Caribbean therapy body wraps.

The salon’s owners did not return a call.

Pink Sapphire co-owner Ariana Franggos said the two payments last month- $150 on March 7 and $75 on March 20 - were for doing Edwards’ makeup for television appearances. She handles makeup for local television personalities and was referred to Edwards through that connection.

“This poor guy. I’m telling you, I promise he’s not in here getting facials and cucumber peels on his eyes or anything,” she said.

Edwards, 53, who has made alleviating poverty the central theme of candidacy, has been criticized for building a 28,000-square-foot house for $5.3 million near Chapel Hill, N.C. The complex of several buildings on 102 acres includes an indoor basketball court, an indoor pool and a handball court.

Edwards, who was John Kerry’s vice presidential runningmate in 2004, is also the subject of a YouTube spoof poking fun at his youthful good looks. The video shows the candidate combing his tresses to the dubbed-in tune of “I Feel Pretty.”

In 1993, Cristophe gave former President Clinton a $200 haircut aboard Air Force One as it sat on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport. Late-night comedians and columnists poked fun at the president for the expensive cut.
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Associated Press Writer Beverley Wang

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YIKES! 400 bucks would buy me 20 haircuts... with tips, mind you.

As deliciously funny as this is, I'm guessing he's not the only candidate who pays big bucks to look pretty. I mean, look at Guiliani.


SO WHAT!

Give me a candidate who always thinks he's beautiful over a president who always thinks he's right any day of the week.

At least Edwards had the guts to admit his vote on authorizing the use of force in Iraq was a mistake. The President refuses to ever acknowledge being wrong. He can't think of a single mistake he's ever made, except perhaps not doing a better job of conning the people into believing that black is white and up is down.

That Edwards' haircuts are an issue (as were a previous candidate's) says volumes more about the vacuous nature of what passes for journalism and political discourse these days than it does about Edwards.


I wonder if a blow dry and tip were included in the $400.00?

Paulo


Frank, it's not so his "striking good looks" as to why he got called The Breck Girl, but because of his high-maintenance attitude and appearance, and that video in which he spends countless hours playing with his hair.


Do you get all your story ideas from Matt Drudge?

Why are you wasting "ink" on this?


I think contributors to multi-millionaire John Edwards, self-designated spokesman for the common man, should realize that their contributions will go a long way toward making Hollywood "celebrity stylists" rich.


I won't jump on the bandwagon of bashing his "hair" fetish.

Just as I don't like it when lefties get personal on Bush, I won't do the same with Edwards.

Its an un fair cheap shot.


I use a flobee and look great! "Cut" wasteful spending...do it yourself!


I believe that cost is for having the hair stylist (extra 100 bucks for using word stylist) come to where he was to do the haircut.
Maybe once in office he can cut the budget some and usually the president's hair goes gray and downhill fast.


Hey Rats,

Ya want see a funny, expensive 'hair helmut' attached to the most fake smile ever, check this out;

http://www.house.gov/jerrylewis/bio.html


Perhaps John Edwards will become the first POLITICIAN to turn ACTOR...


The issue is not that his hair cuts cost $400. The issue is was his stylist union or non-union?


Edwards is a rich guy who spends like it. Is $400 a [n awful] lot for a haircut? It is. So is $100k for a car, $150 for a round of golf, $1 mill. for a house, and $250/person for a dinner (with wine), yet those are not uncommon numbers nowadays.

At least Edwards earned his money after having started from nothing. This gives him at least potential for genuine empathy for the "common man," a fact some prefer not to acknowledge.


Sounds like a Drudge story. I wonder where Bill O'Reilly gets his hair cut. We know where he gets his clothes. What about that great American, Sean Hannity. What about Rudy?? I wonder what he pays to be 'cleaned-up'??


I'm not surprised that the Republicans think this is an issue,with the losers they've got running for their nomination they'll do anything to take the focus off of them.


But did he shut down an airport did get his haircut, that is the real question?


It's not like Edwards stuck a comb in his mouth to adjust his coiffure like Wolfie Wolfiwitz did.


My issue with this would apply only if the $400 came out of the campaign funds (the story says it did), and to the extent that's legal and ethical. If I were a contributor to Edwards' campaign, I'd think he could find a lot better uses for that money and I'd correlate that judgment to how he might decide to use tax dollars should he become President.

If Edwards is paying $400 of his own money, I still think there's a better use for it, but it IS his money to do with as he wants.

And I want to go on record to say I'm jealous as hell of his hair. Whatever people tell you about not appreciating something until it's gone? -- it's WAY TRUE!


It's not what's ON the President's head that's important, it's what's IN it.

Bush loses that contest.


Poor Breck Girl,

Spending $248 for a haircut in Dubuque, Ia. He should have went to Supercuts and taken the remaining $230 and went to East Dubuque, Il and had a good time.


John Edwards lost my support a long time ago. He is the most arrogant, conceited jerk. He speaks to the poor but blows money like it's going out of style.


Note to Kucinich: Call Joseph Torrenueva of Beverly Hills for an appointment. You don't have to have him cut your hair regularly, but it wouldn't hurt your image to have a good haircut at least once in your life....


Is it any wonder that the U.S. is hated around the world? The P.N.A.C. planned the invasion of the Middle East (ALL OF IT) before Bush stole the 2000 White House. Eighty percent of our citizens know that the 911 attacks were an inside job. Bush used all kinds uf horrific weapons like cluster bombs and that phosphorous crap that eats the flesh off of any human in the way. These skunks are TRAITORS? YET THE DEMENTED MEDIA MAKES STUPID REMARKS ABOUT JOHN EDWARDS HAIRCUTS. HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE THEIR BARBER TO TRAVEL TO WHEREVER THEY ARE TO CUT HAIR? It is pretty obvious that we have a stupid jerk in the White House because while Bush tortures and murders, the Media talks about Edwards hair. As far as looks, Edwards is just an average looking guy. MY SONS ARE TRULY HANDSOME; EDWARDS IS JUST AVERAGE!


Good political strategy Edwards, get a haircut that costs as much as the monthly rent of some potential voters whom you are trying to appeal too.


I think any person who made over $150 million dollars suing doctors whos' only crimes were trying to provide medical care as practicing physician, has every right in the world to spend $400.00 for a haircut.


"The Democrat’s campaign committee picked up the tab for two haircuts at $400 each by celebrity stylist Joseph Torrenueva of Beverly Hills, Calif., according to a financial report filed with the Federal Election Commission."

Edwards supporters, you can defend this? His campgaign paid for it? I am a college student with two jobs. 400 bucks is a lot of money to me, and if I were going to give it away, you can be sure it wouldn't to be to help a man get a 400 dollar haircut. There are real candidates to support, and more importantly real charities. Darfur, anyone? At least it would go to feed someone and not pay some over-priced barber.

Too busy to go to the salon? Too bad. I'm busy. I go. There are real problems to fix. Edwards is always talking about "Two Americas" - well, I'm not exactly broke. I come from a middle class background, but I'm certainly not from a "$400 haircut America."


And why is this news? The idea that caring about the less well-to-do means you have to live like a grad student is absurd. The people smearing Edwards would be the first to scream if you told them how to spend their money. Until the price every candidate pays for a haircut is listed, this isn't news. It's smarmy smirking by the opposition and part of somebodies agenda.


At least Edwards earned his money after having started from
nothing.

Posted by: a blinkin | Apr 18, 2007 11:16:10 AM

Some people don't consider earning, suing doctors with since de-bunked theories. He was successful though in getting 80 doctors to go belly up in North Carolina and leave. Nothing like having a healthy work climate to help people. I'd be more concerned as to why a grown man is so into himself for such affairs. It's not the money, it's the phoniness.


"The P.N.A.C. planned the invasion of the Middle East (ALL OF IT) before Bush stole the 2000 White House. Eighty percent of our citizens know that the 911 attacks were an inside job. Bush used all kinds uf horrific weapons like cluster bombs and that phosphorous crap that eats the flesh off of any human in the way."

I think we have a new leader in the "Tin Foil Hat of the Year" award. Congrats Sally.


Someone should ask Edwards how many loaves of bread a family could get for what he pays for one haircut.


No - You are feeding the image, Mr. James. This is a trial run smear, like the first bump by a shark. [You aren't are the shark in this play, that's for the AP players. You are the bottom feeder.] See you down the road in the campaign. Plenty of people online know your game this time around - after Gore and Kerry. This time we're ready so don't expect to get away with anything! We don't expect you to tell the truth or to be fair. by the way, did you fact check the $400 haircut? Do you know from your own knowledge that it's a fact?


No - You are feeding the image, Mr. James. This is a trial run smear, like the first bump by a shark. [You aren't the shark in this play, that's for the AP players. You are the bottom feeder.] See you down the road in the campaign. Plenty of people online know your game this time around - after Gore and Kerry smears and lies. This time we're ready so don't expect to get away with anything! We don't expect you to tell the truth or to be fair. By the way, did you fact-check the $400 haircut? Do you know from your own knowledge that it's a fact?


I wonder if he had those $400 haircuts when he was suing good doctors and channeling dead babies voices in a courtroom so he could become a rich democrat, Nobody seems to care about him suing doctors which ended up helping to bringi up mal-practice insurance to a point that alot of good doctors cant make enough money to keep the practice going. I know of 2 doctors i went to since i was 2 years old and they had to fold up their practice because they were unable to cover insurance costs without taxing us customers for the insurance mistakes of others. Its stupid that people will debate a haircut but noone looks at what he has done to chase the ambulance of the american dream to a higher insurance cost.


why should i care as long as he's using his money. what a great media we have in this country, worrying about someones dumb haircut. might as well focus on parish hilton with stories like this.


This article is exactly why you shouldn't even bother with mainstream media anymore, which is ALL owned (globally) by just 6 mega-corporations. Guess which party gets the bulk of their donations? (Hint: The one they were afraid to ask tough questions of for the last 6+ years.)

A journalist - you know, that extinct species - would have written a piece comparing various candidates expenditures. A journalist would have tied it in to a clever commentary that had political value.

Don't waste your time with mainstream media. If you are here posting a comment, you already have access to the most valuable tool; the internet. Find out for yourself; from various sources. You can travel the world and compare different reports; you can watch homemade footage of an event that occurred. You don't have to settle for the watered-down, biased, childish stuff that we are spoon fed in this country that's passing for "news."

PS: I was only here because it came up while researching Edwards. Meh.


In contrast to Edwards, I have never paid anyone anything to have my hair cut, let alone styled. I grew up with my mother cutting my hair and then started doing it myself. I just realized I've been cutting my own hair for 40 years as of this year. I've cut hair for several family members and friends also.


I love the way that the Loony Right is jumping all over this, yet remained quiet when LAURA BUSH WENT TO A STYLIST THAT CHARGES $700 A CUT:

" Meanwhile, our favorite TV nugget of the day so far came courtesy of Barbara Walters, who matter-of-factly informed viewers that Laura Bush recently had her hair done by famed New York City stylist Sally Hershberger, who charges $700 for a haircut."

source: http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/2005/01/20/ratings/index.html


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