March 9th, 2010
05:33 PM ET
5 years ago

Crist: Rubio charged credit card for back wax

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist insinuated Monday that his GOP Senate primary opponent, March Rubio paid for a back wax with a Republican Party of Florida credit card.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist insinuated Monday that his GOP Senate primary opponent, March Rubio paid for a back wax with a Republican Party of Florida credit card.

(CNN) - Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio has been taking heat for charging a $130 barber shop visit to his Republican Party of Florida credit card when he was the state House Speaker.

Now his GOP primary opponent, Gov. Charlie Crist, is insinuating that Rubio was paying for something other than a haircut. A back wax, to be precise.

During an interview Monday evening on Fox News, Crist attacked Rubio for "trying to pawn himself off as a fiscal conservative."

"And yet just in recent weeks, two weeks ago it has come out in news accounts he had a Republican Party of Florida credit card that he charged $130 haircut, or maybe it was a back wax," he said. "We are not sure what all he got at that place."

Host Greta Van Sustern interrupted. "Wait a second, stop. A back wax? Wait a second."

"I don't know what it was, you know," Crist continued.

Van Sustern responded, "I know, but was there a suggestion it was for a back wax? Or a haircut? Or are you being flip?"

"I don't know what it was," Crist replied. "Initially we were told it was a haircut. And then he said it wasn't a haircut."

"The detachment from reality is stunning to me," he continued. "And to try to say that you're a fiscal conservative, yet you spend $130 for maybe a haircut and maybe other things, I don't know what you do at a salon when you are a guy."

"I get my haircut for $11 from a guy named Carl the Barber in St. Petersburg, Florida where I grew up. And to me that's real fiscal conservatism."

Rubio has said he later paid for the personal charges on his party credit card, including the barber shop visit, out of his own pocket. While Rubio did charge for a haircut at the Miami barber shop, his campaign said his tab also included several other items purchased as gifts.

His campaign called Crist's interview "disastrously bizarre."

"Today, Charlie Crist is the sitting governor of the 4th largest state who has fallen so far and so fast that he's now reduced himself to making up stories about his opponent's grooming habits," said Rubio spokesman Alex Burgos.


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  1. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Pretty pathetic, Charlie, and desperate. Or maybe Rubio had his eyebrows shaped. The point is, you don't know, so don't throw out speculative drivel.

    March 9, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. BeverlyNC

    Rubio is a slimeball and another example of how the blind followers of the Republican Party never check out the background of the people they vote into office.

    Scott Brown, new Sen from MA, is another ignornant slimeball who posed nude in a woman's magazine in the 1980s, who has no credible political experience, and has no clue or depth on the national issues facing our country. He offered up his daughters to any single men out there during his absurd acceptance speech. This is not a man qualified or ready for national leadership issues.

    Just like with Palin – Republicans will accept anyone without properly checking their background, their character, their ethics, or their knowlegde and SOLUTIONS for fixing our nation's problems.

    If your candidate cannot articulate SOLUTIONS and only attacks his opposition – it means he is UNQUALIFIED and NOT CAPABLE of being an effective leader. REJECT any candidate who only attacks and can offer NO IDEAS or NO REAL SOLUTIONS to restore our country.

    March 9, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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