John Edwards’ Hair Stylist Tells All

Ann Coulter better watch out because the Edwards campaign is in deep trouble…

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For four decades, Joseph Torrenueva has cut the hair of Hollywood celebrities, from Marlon Brando to Bob Barker, so when a friend told him in 2003 that a presidential candidate needed grooming advice, he agreed to help.

The Beverly Hills hairstylist, a Democrat, said he hit it off with then-Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina at a meeting in Los Angeles that brought several fashion experts together to advise the candidate on his appearance. Since then, Torrenueva has cut Edwards’s hair at least 16 times.

At first, the haircuts were free. But because Torrenueva often had to fly somewhere on the campaign trail to meet his client, he began charging $300 to $500 for each cut, plus the cost of airfare and hotels when he had to travel outside California.

Torrenueva said one haircut during the 2004 presidential race cost $1,250 because he traveled to Atlanta and lost two days of work.

$1,250 for a haircut? What do you think he’ll do to the federal budget?

“He has nice hair,” the stylist said of Edwards in an interview. “I try to make the man handsome, strong, more mature and these are the things, as an expert, that’s what we do.”

It is some kind of commentary on the state of American politics that as Edwards has campaigned for president, vice president and now president again, his hair seems to have attracted as much attention as, say, his position on health care. But when his campaign reported in April that it had paid for two of his haircuts at $400 each, the political damage was immediate. With each punch line on late night TV his image as a self-styled populist making poverty his signature issue was further eroded.

Edwards said that he was embarrassed by the cost and that he “didn’t know it would be that expensive,” suggesting the haircuts were some kind of aberration given by “that guy” his staff had arranged. His wife, Elizabeth, made lots of jokes at her husband’s expense and the campaign wished the whole issue would go away.

But Torrenueva’s account of his long relationship with Edwards — the first he’s given — probably guarantees that won’t happen quite yet. And if $400 seemed a lot for a haircut, how about one for three times that?

I guess when Edwards talks of two Americas he really knows what he is talking about. How many people in the real America pay $1,250 for a haircut?

This also puts the “great lie” to the lame excuse he didn’t know what his haircuts cost. How many of you fly your stylist around the country? Certainly if Edwards is in Atlanta and the guy who cuts his hair in California shows up, he knows the guy flew in. – And the guy cut his hair 16+ times, it’s not like Edwards didn’t know who the guy was.

Edwards is going down in a rocketship. Time to get his wife to attack another conservative.

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