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."

Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Extra • Florida • Marco Rubio • Popular Posts
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. gonzalo davila

    I think that it is a good idea to keep on top of these types of spending of our money that Mr. Rubio thought no one would notice that he used his rep credit card. It just keeps them a little more honest.????

    March 9, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. Jenn, Philadelphia

    This was just Charlie Crist's lame attempt at a joke. Unfortunately, Charlie Crist is Florida's lame attempt at a joke on the rest of us.

    March 9, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. j

    This sounds like a silly thing to quibble over.

    March 9, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. bk

    Rubio charged personal items to his GOP credit card for one of two reasons. 1 – he didn't have his own credit card or, 2 – he thought he'd get away with it. As someone who has experience auditing expenses, my guess is #2.

    March 9, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. John

    This is getting ridiculous. WHO CARES!!!!

    March 9, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. Tammy

    Thousands of dollars on his party issued card? Obviously the card was used for personal things he couldnt afford or WHY? would he use the card in the first place and then pay it back with his personal money later? Just wondering if he paid it back when caught and how many others are doing the same thing.

    March 9, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. star555

    I do not care if he gets waxed, gets a hair cut, or a tatoo as long as taxpayers do not pay for it. We should not have to pay for these very personal items.

    March 9, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. Randy

    And this is worthwhile news how? You folks at CNN must be getting desperate to dig dirt on the GOPers. Grow up and report the news instead of trying to push an agenda.

    March 9, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. Michael Fallai

    but did he get a Brazilian wax? That's what the voters of Florida really want to know.

    March 9, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. JCQueipo

    Charlie Crist supported the stimulus bill ??
    At least he is not a hipocrat that didn't support it, but took the money.
    As a democrat I prefer Charlie.

    March 9, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Lou Az

    "he bought some items that went into a silent auction, including gift certificates". Now that is what Flat Earth Republicans call "giving from the heart". Wonder how much he put in the Sunday Collection Plate at his tax exempt church. What a guy !

    March 9, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  12. CNN Obsessing with GOP

    Does anyone else see CNN's consistant trivial news reports about the GOP? Meanwhile, rahm emmanuel's harrassing congressmen (while showering) about how to vote.

    The news should be regarding rahm's forcing votes (not allowing representatives to vote their constituent's), not waxing backs!

    March 9, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. Ruth

    I wonder is Crist will be big enough to say, "sorry, I mis-spoke? Should be very interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 9, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Kenney of Golden, CO

    And the Florida Senator hopeful thinks that it is acceptable to put his $20 haircut on a credit card other than his own. And I wonder whom those supposed gift kits and certificates went to. If he can put his hair cut on that credit card why not future back waxes paid for with a gift certificate?

    Mr. Alex Burgos knows very good and well that Mr. Marco's assertion to be a fiscally conservative is backed up with actions taken by Mr. Marco in his handling of financial matters with non-personal credit cards being used for personal privilege. It speaks directly to the fiscal character of this candidate. It is not the grooming habits of this Senator hopeful that Gov. Charlie Crist is pointing to, but it is about how Mr. Marco spends NON-PERSONAL monies. Just think of what he'll spend as a Senator while the citizens of Florida struggle.

    Politics in America today is TWISTED and non-representative.

    March 9, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  15. Carole

    I believe he had his back waxed...he is a coiffed pretty boy.

    March 9, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. Rosa, b'ham al

    TOO much information. I do not want to know about this mans back hair. Gross!

    March 9, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. CR

    Fat cats living high on the hog. Conservative values indeed. Hypocrites!

    March 9, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. Texas Jack

    There you go. More lies from the Jacks of the White House. They are the team of change. But yet I see nothing that has changed except the national debt and their hatred for our military. I am so sick of these immoral pigs i could go outside and upchuck. To think I was one for fifty years. How could I have been so ignorant in not knowing WHAT they were becoming. With the Election of the Kennedys I should have known. They are at the top of the immoral heap pile. This country has done nothing except try to destroy the constitution since under their office holders. BUT NO MORE. WE ARE PUTTING THE FIGHTING GIRL INTO OFFICE, PALIN, WHO WILL RID THIS COUNTRY OF THESE PIGS. PEOPLE IF YOU'RE ONE AND HAVE A COUNTRY TO RETURN TO I'D ADVISE YOU TO START THE OUTPROCESSING. THE SOUTH AND THE NORTH ARE RISING TOGEHER THIS TIME TO PUT CHRISTANITY BACK INTO GOVERNMENT.

    March 9, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. John Smith

    This is news???? If this is the kind of thing either party is worrying about, then the entire lot needs to be fired and replaced with people who are actually going to tackle real issues like health care, education, balancing the budget or the like. $134 for a back waxing seems incredibly trivial!

    March 9, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. Ender


    I LOVE how the republicans mince words.

    It doesnt matter if his back was waxed, he cut his hair or he bought corn meal.

    The fact remains that he used funds given to him inappropriatly and then ran around campaining on his "fiscal conservativism".

    The man is like MOST republicans.

    He is NOT conservative.

    The FACT of the matter is, you republicans want the DEMOCRATS to be conservative while you want to be able to borrow and spend anytime you see fit. Which is pretty much EVERYTIME you get into office.

    So please, stop claiming to be "conservative" already. Your actions show you to be nothing of the sort.

    March 9, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  21. Frozone

    This is what Republicans care about? Neither of these clowns deserve a vote.

    March 9, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. Bob

    He even looks guilty.

    March 9, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. JR

    Oh please, does anyone really think he bought gels and creams for $134, was the transaction held in the back room maybe?

    March 9, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. dave

    I'm waiting for the right wing hypocrites who criticized John Edwards' $400 haIrcut to criticize this stuff.
    Wait for it...the right wing slime machine will be out in force doing what they do best...sliming the critics

    March 9, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  25. Kyle

    I'm not even a Republican, but you have to admit when enough is enough. CNN stop reporting garbage

    March 9, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
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