March 9th, 2010
09:11 PM ET
4 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. Alex

    WHO CARES! CNN when did you stop becoming a news agency and decided to be a tabloid magazine! Leave this kind of stuff to Fox and try to act like a real news organization (hint – take a look at the BBC, guess what, they don't need holograms and 50 magic maps to do it either)

    March 9, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. gino

    Did you get a back wax anywhere? No ape-hair for prospective senators?
    Vanity, Vanity!

    March 9, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  3. Russ, Benton, AR

    back waxing may not be all he was on the receiving end of.

    March 9, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. Will Work for Health Care

    They're both opportunistic ,lying politicians who don't deserve anything but each other. Rubio is just Skell..
    Meek is the best choice...

    March 9, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    And did you claim the interest free loan as income to the IRS?

    March 9, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. Al Capone

    You suck CNN! why don't you grow a pair and write about the corporate corruption in the country? You ninnies!

    March 9, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  7. Doug

    I guess there really is no bottom to the depths of politician's stupidity.

    And of course the media misses the real questions that might offer any insight into the personal ethics of these two yoo-hoos: Why are you, Mr. Rubio, charging personal grooming on a "company card"? Did you send your reimbursement check immediately or only after questions started leaking? Mr. Crist, do you also have any credit cards other than personal and state-issued ones and when can we begin reviewing your
    statements?

    March 9, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. GJ

    It is appalling that this is the kind of thing two supposedly serious senatorial candidates are squabbling over. It is equally appalling that the news media is covering it.

    March 9, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. Madcap

    Back waxer says what?

    March 9, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Rubio is not ready for prime time, although I am sure he will make a great center fold for a women's magazine like Scott Brown did. Floridians need to stand with Crist, as he actually looks out for us.

    March 9, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. IVOTE

    I think Rubo doth protest too much.

    March 9, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. The Gunny

    Wow, breaking news? I know reporters need to report on something to earn a living, but back waxing? Someone needs to do some real work.

    March 9, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Time for Rubio, Dick Armey's little hand puppet, to step down. We already have enough right wing corruption in Washington. Good luck, Crist.

    March 9, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  14. zippy

    He had the "back, crack, and sack" special for metrosexuals.

    March 9, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  15. P Lewis

    Marco in the box and just does't know what to do, if he did it which I think is more true than not, will change party to vote no on Rubio in the upcoming test.

    March 9, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. Marty, FL

    Please. Hypocritical Rubio admitted to supporting the stimulus, too. And if Rubio had not been using the RPOF credit card for personal use in the first place (against policy), there woulld be no questions.

    Back wax? Bizarre, yes, not to mention hilarious!

    March 9, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  17. Clint, Wa.

    Get off my back!!!

    March 9, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. AndyBlue

    Neanderthals had back hair.

    Rebublicans are neanderthals.

    Just sayin........

    March 9, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Crist is toast, let's now move along to the general election.

    March 9, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  20. Arlando L. Cantley

    It's good to hear Marc Rubio gets his back waxed. I'm sure his wife appreciates that. When I lose weight and in shape as he is, I would do it too. BUT, NOT WITH THE GOP'S CREDIT CARD. Who does he think he is Sarah Palin? But, Governor Crist should avoid anything that is going to bring up the gay-issue right now. He needs to wait until he is re-elected cause the GOP doesn't do that gay-thing publicly. Wait, Rep. Ashburn is coming to mind. I think the GOP has just plain given up on at leasting trying to hide being seen as hippocritical. What do they have to lose with the gullible supporters they have?

    March 9, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  21. debinaz

    who really cares what he spends his money on. what should be of concern is what congress is spending money on. we need to cut up their credit cards and be done with it

    March 9, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  22. Tom

    apparently, politics are now centered around pitty stuff, not the important stuff like um health care, the economy, education. .. good thing I don't live in Florida.

    March 9, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  23. Felonious Monk

    So let me see, he purchased items with his Florida Republican Charge Card that were not back wax related. Of the items purchased, what exactly is the ethical difference between buying a back wax and these other items his constituents don't need, or know about?

    6 of one, 1/2 dozen of the other...

    March 9, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  24. Kelly

    Rubio looks like a body-waxing kind of guy, honestly. But, while were on the subject, what's going on with that bizarre part that's a quarter of the way down the left side of his head? And why is the bottom of his ear so much lower than his lower lip? Can he fly with those ears? Was this guy raised near some sort of nuclear site?

    March 9, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  25. Susan

    Rubio is a true conservative. Hypocrite...........

    March 9, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
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