ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports: Just when you had forgotten about the price of haircuts for Presidential candidates, the issue returns. But in this case, is an $11 haircut for which someone pays $400 really a $400 haircut?
Most hair cutteries, even those frequented by Congressmen and Presidential candidates, don't charge $400 (or even a tenth of that) to cut a man's hair.
So the folks at the Hair Biz Salon in Concord, New Hampshire, have marked up their normal prices a little bit for one special customer today. And they've invited reporters and TV cameras to witness the event.
Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo, is getting his haircut there and the salon will charge him $400. Calls to Hair Biz were not immediately returned, but a Google search yielded one glowing review of the establishment that listed the price for a man's haircut at $10.95.
The haircut today is an obvious dig at former Democratic Senator John Edwards of North Carolina, who got some grief earlier in the campaign for his $400 haircuts and ensuing estrangement from his Hollywood-based stylist. Edwards opponents used the issue to cast him as a phony even as he campaigned on a platform to end poverty and provide universal healthcare.
It is not the first time Tancredo has taken a jab at Edwards over the hair issue. Earlier this year, Tancredo's campaign filmed him preparing to go into the Cost Cutter's Family Hair Care in Mason City, Iowa. Tancredo tells the camera he usually goes to a MasterCuts, a chain with locations in his native Colorado. Tancredo then flashes his Master Cuts frequent customer card and says, "three more and I get a free one, but I can't find a Master Cuts here."
Edwards himself has made light of the hair care issue, producing his own video, posted on Youtube, which tried to change the subject back to policy issues. It started with close-up shots of the hairlines of the President and various administration officials and then pulled back to reveal them. With the song "Hair" from the musical of the Vietnam generation anti-war musical of the same name, it ended with a montage of still photographs of violence in Iraq and suffering in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and asked at the end, "What really matters?"
But all that was months ago and the hair issue seemed to have been, ahem, 'combed over.' Asked today why he was getting the $400 haircut today, Tancredo's spokesman said the salon offered and Tancredo accepted because the $400 dollars the salon will charge (and pay as gift) will go to charity, to the Autism Society of America.