March 9th, 2010
09:11 PM ET
8 years ago

No back wax for Rubio

A spokesman for Marco Rubio says the Senate hopeful, pictured, never charged a back wax to his Republican Party of Florida credit card.

A spokesman for Marco Rubio says the Senate hopeful, pictured, never charged a back wax to his Republican Party of Florida credit card.

(CNN) - Florida Senate hopeful Marco Rubio never charged a back wax to his Republican Party of Florida credit card, his campaign spokesman told CNN Tuesday, rebutting Gov. Charlie Crist's curious allegation about his Republican primary rival's grooming habits.

So what exactly did Rubio put on his tab during his $134 visit to an upscale Miami salon when he was Florida House speaker?

Rubio's spokesman Alex Burgos has the details:

"Marco paid $20 for a haircut with a razor on the neck, and he bought some items that went into a silent auction, including gift certificates," he said.

Burgos said the salon in question, Churchill's Barber Shop, sells "travel kits and other gift sets that people usually buy around the holidays as gifts."

After details leaked last month about thousands of dollars worth of questionable charges on his party-issued credit card, Rubio said he paid off the personal charges – including his salon visit – with his own money.

As for the back wax claim: "Charlie Crist's obsession with making up things about other people's grooming habits is bizarre for anyone, especially the sitting governor of Florida," Burgos said.

"It's also a shame he cares more about what's in Marco's personal bills than what's in the stimulus bill he supported."

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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. stop the nonsense

    Why is this news- especially a day-long lead story?

    March 9, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. lilalove

    I think he cared more about the possibale law breaking than the grooming. The grooming idea was just kind of funny.

    March 9, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Susie

    Who cares?

    March 9, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. TeaBag

    Republicans really are stupid, aren't they?

    March 9, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Anthony

    Marco Rubio has run the biggest con campaign in FLORIDA.

    Don't people know he was a registered LOBBYIST?
    He was represented by Florida Sugar Industry?
    He had one of the biggest spending surges as Florida House Speaker?


    March 9, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  6. TMI

    The person that started this rumor should be struck down. Way too much information, now I can't get the image of some hairy backed politician out of my mind. TMI

    March 9, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. aaron

    Does it drive anyone else crazy that Rubio is hitting Crist over his support of the stimulus bill? Almost any economist you talk to will tell you the stimulus is having a good impact on the economy. You can google the information if you don't know what I'm talking about. And does it drive anyone else crazy that all Republicans do is bend the truth and lie and yet they're still a viable party in this country? I just don't get it.

    March 9, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. James H Straszheim

    Rubio is just another right wing prostitician. Right Wingers are such hypocrites. At least John Edwards used his own money.

    March 9, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Jim

    Making up things and majoring in the stuff that doesn't matter is what the party of fear and lies does best. Isn't trying to smear someone with lies a longstanding part of their strategy? Do or say, "Anything for power"! Disgusting.

    March 9, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. m smith

    What a stupid story. The repos can't seem to even work togeather let alone with the other party. They spend most of their time back stabbing each other and worring about getting reelected. So of course they don't have time for the American public or our concerns.

    March 9, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. Bill

    Oh, for crying out loud!

    March 9, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. jules sand-perkins

    This foolishness is not about a credit card, but about trying to smear Rubio because he had, or might have had, a back wax.
    So what if he had a back wax? He's a young man living in a state bordered almost completely by beaches, and you only live once, in my religion. Lighten up.
    Are they trying to say something about Rubio that I don't think is true?

    March 9, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. Jesus Francisco

    Rubio should be ashamed for aligning himself with the anti-immigrant GOP!!

    March 9, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. Thomas F reynolds

    Mark Palin Rubio paid off those charges when he got caught!
    What is it about the republican way you people don t understand?

    March 9, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. T'SAH from Virginia

    YOU still spent $134 and in reality – you should have only come out with a haircut!!!

    March 9, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    what could be more fun than watching two Republicans go at each an try to tear each other down? At the moment not too much that I can thnk of and it's going to get even MORE fun when these guys throw their hats in the ring in 2012 seeking the GOP nomination. You think they are all nicey kissy with Sarah Palin right now? They won't be in 2012 if she tries for the GOP nomination and the other hopefuls are after it too. It'll be Clinton/Obama all over again.

    March 9, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  17. [R-KY]

    Such a non-issue.But,of course,CNN has it`s bias,and Marco Rubio IS a Republican...go figure.

    March 9, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. Illinoistom

    This is all you got, Charlie? What ever happened to debating the issues? Charlie sounds more like a Chicago Democrat than a Florida Republican.

    March 9, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  19. Pragmatic

    However Rubio is involved in the Sansom scandal in Florida. Rubio says Sansom, who was indicted for routing $35 million dollars to a Florida college... without permission. Rubio maintains that Sansom "is one of the best people I have ever interacted with in the legislative process" ... after personally selecting Sansom as the person responsible for the state budget when Rubio was the speaker.

    Slimy? Corrupt? Not a good judge of character? Not paying attention to details? None of the above is a recommendation for an elected official!

    March 9, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. JT

    Republicans in Florida need to wise up about this guy Rubio. They don't know him and letting the crazies in the tea party could lead to the first time in years where the Florida Sneate seats both go to democrats.

    March 9, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  21. Vincent

    Back waxing, whether charged to the Party or paid for with personal funds, should disqualify any Republican from a GOP primary. God made body hair and God makes beautiful things. To remove one's body hair thru wax clearly shows hatred for God's creation. If Rubio hates God that much, who knows what he would do once in the Senate. We need a Christian Party in this country as God-fearing evangelicals like myself have no one to represent us - and ban those salons and jail those eveil persons who remove body hair. God said so.

    March 9, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  22. Bonnie

    Grow up, Americans!!

    Don't you all, so call politicans, have more important things to do for your states than playing/talking like pre-school kids???/

    March 9, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. Charlie in Maine

    Yeah right the GOP should be in charge again. If you believe that I have some swampland for sale..............

    March 9, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  24. Mad Matt

    I can see the headlines now "Back Wax-gate: Does he or doesn't he wax his hairy back?"

    Actually Jack Daniels and duct tape is the manly way to get rid of that unsightly back hair.

    March 9, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Hawk in Texas

    Lets see the recites. then we can believe him. but what was he doing buying gifts with other peoples money. if it looks like a skunk and smells like a skunk it has got to be a skunk.

    March 9, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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