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

Crist: Rubio charged credit card for back wax

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="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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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. John in Tampa

    I love this! Go Charlie! Go Marco!

    March 9, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Not only does Crist embrace Obozo, he uses Obozo gutter Chicago thug tactics.

    March 9, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. lovable liberal

    Republicans really really really care about haircuts. They created a hoax over Bill Clinton's haircut. They ran down John Edwards for his haircut. Now they're giving it to each other for their haircuts.

    When will they care about governing the country?

    Oh, but that's so much more complicated than stupid middle school taunting to stir up their moronic base...

    March 9, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    Anyone else getting the impression that this Rubio character is a taker and a user? Otherwise why would he think he could go to a salon and charge $130 for "not a haircut" on the Florida Republican Party's credit card? I love you guys down there, my family lives in FL. Be careful who you choose; you have to live with the consequences. See what's happening in VA right now, as an example. Your fellow Americans are losing their civil rights thanks to a bigoted governor and his attorney general. To the good people of FL: proceed with caution.

    March 9, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Put it on the Tab Rubio

    I'm with Gov. Crist on this one. My haircut only cost $5 from Puerto Rican Larry. $130 is a years worth and then some of haircuts for me. I never knew men grooming services to be so expensive.

    March 9, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Christie

    This is easy to check-pull the receipts.

    March 9, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Dano

    Hey what does Rubio care how much it cost? It's not like he was spending his OWN money.

    March 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Seth

    Republicans attacking Republicans...

    Over something so petty and small. Give it up Crist, for the good of the party, support the winner Rubio.

    March 9, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Ken in NC

    Crist is showing the "NEWBIE" the ropes in politics and the more I see of Crist, the more I like this guy. Welcome to the real world Rubio. You claim he has fallen so far and fast and yet he is still above your pay grade Mr Rubio. You see he IS the Sitting Governor while you are only a citizen of the state with dreams of your barber coming to you in the Governor's Mansion to give you those $130.00 hair cuts............or were they back waxes.

    March 9, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. mark

    I like Crist, but Rubio is clearly the better man for the US Senate.


    March 9, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. liberal wing nut

    wow that stimulus supporting idiot is really desperate for votes now.

    March 9, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. BobH

    If Rubio wants to come clean, he'd better bare his back and let the voters decide.

    March 9, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Paul from Phoenix

    Christ is a very desperate candidate.

    March 9, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. Aunt Bea and Opie

    At least Charlie has a brain,Greta Van Sustern should be cleaning motels somewhere for a living.What a moron she is,but then again,look who shes working for.hahaha.As for Rubio,hes just looking to become the president of Cuba someday.hahaha

    March 9, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Tayo, NY

    Gov. Crist is right on that. Most people will spend less than $20 on a hair cut (fee and tip inclusive) but for a man to spend $150 on hair cut in a salon is over the top, especially when you charge it on RNC credit card! Mr. Rubio certainly has an explanation to do to American people.

    You cannot be conservative by mouth only, it has show in your ways of live. You can eat your cake and still have it period!

    I cut my hair and that of my sons, and that is true conservatism. Period!

    March 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. No Incumbents 2010

    Anyone who gets a $130 haircut is out of touch with regular people. Rubio is just another elitist career politician who claims to be something that he is not. Spending the contributions of political donors on personal needs is dishonest and shows bad judgment.

    March 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Robb Zerr

    Charlie has never cared about Florida, perhaps that's why he's losing his bid. Can we bring back Jeb Bush? Please!!!!!!

    March 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. Roger

    Charlie Crist is that what your campaign is all about - trivia without any substance? Get with the issues that affect the voters!! Perhaps you can start with all the unsolved issues currently within Florida.

    March 9, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Linda

    Back WAX??? LMAO, You gotta Love Charlie Crist. My husband and I are Independent that voted for you and will do so again.

    March 9, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Monkey wrench

    This just goes to show you how much trouble Crist is in and to what levels he will stoop, reminds me of the Clinton's, I wonder what his boyfriend would say?

    March 9, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Bob in Pa.

    Hey, there is nothing worse than a hairy back.

    March 9, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. Susan

    Gee, they sound almost as dysfunctional as the new york state legislature!

    March 9, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. LacrosseMom

    Let me get this straight, "a fiscal conservative" getting a $130 haircut???How can Florida take Rubio seriously....... I am smelling a scandal brewing.

    March 9, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Gale Shipman

    Didn't Rubio pay all that back?

    March 9, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Jerry

    This is big news, to bad you do not report on Obamas 9.7 trillion dollar fleecing of America

    March 9, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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