WASHINGTON (AP) - Looking pretty is costing John Edwards'
presidential campaign a lot of pennies.
The Democrat's campaign committee picked up the tab for two
haircuts at $400 each by celebrity stylist Joseph Torrenueva of
Beverly Hills, Calif., according to a financial report filed with
the Federal Election Commission.
FEC records show Edwards also availed himself of $250 in
services from a trendy salon and spa in Dubuque, Iowa, and $225 in
services from the Pink Sapphire in Manchester, N.H., which is
described on its Web site as "a unique boutique for the mind, body
and face" that caters mostly to women.
A spokeswoman for Edwards' campaign did not respond to requests
Torrenueva - who specializes in men's haircuts - confirmed in an
interview with The Associated Press that Edwards is a longtime
client and friend.
"I do cut his hair and I have cut it for quite a while,"
Torrenueva said. "We've been friends a long time."
Referring to a picture of Edwards published Tuesday in The Los
Angeles Times, Torrenueva said: "That's my cut." The stylist said
he couldn't vouch for the source of Edwards' haircuts in other
One reason the cost of the cut was so steep even by Beverly
Hills standards is that Torrenueva went to Edwards rather than the
candidate coming into the stylist's salon a block off Rodeo Drive.
"I go to him wherever convenient," Torrenueva said. He
declined to identify where the cuts paid for by the campaign took
Campaign records also show the former North Carolina senator's
campaign paid $248 on March 1 to the Designworks Salon in Dubuque.
According to Designworks' Web site, the salon and spa features a
wide variety of beauty and health services, including massages,
facials, body polishes, self tanners, and rosemary mint and
Caribbean therapy body wraps.
The salon's owners did not return a call.
Pink Sapphire co-owner Ariana Franggos said the two payments
last month- $150 on March 7 and $75 on March 20 - were for doing
Edwards' makeup for television appearances. She handles makeup for
local television personalities and was referred to Edwards through
"This poor guy. I'm telling you, I promise he's not in here
getting facials and cucumber peels on his eyes or anything," she
Edwards, 53, who has made alleviating poverty the central theme
of candidacy, has been criticized for building a 28,000-square-foot
house for $5.3 million near Chapel Hill, N.C. The complex of
several buildings on 102 acres includes an indoor basketball court,
an indoor pool and a handball court.
Edwards, who was John Kerry's vice presidential runningmate in
2004, is also the subject of a YouTube spoof poking fun at his
youthful good looks. The video shows the candidate combing his
tresses to the dubbed-in tune of "I Feel Pretty."
In 1993, Cristophe gave former President Clinton a $200 haircut
aboard Air Force One as it sat on the tarmac at Los Angeles
International Airport. Late-night comedians and columnists poked
fun at the president for the expensive cut.