It turns out that John Edwards was lying when he blamed his staff for scheduling his "$400 haircut" with "that guy." The truth is the guy has been cutting his hair with some regularity since 2003, charging up to $1250 when he had to travel to do it. John Solomon has the story for the Washington Post
For four decades, Joseph Torrenueva has cut the hair of Hollywood celebrities, from Marlon Brando to Bob Barker, so when a friend told him in 2003 that a presidential candidate needed grooming advice, he agreed to help.
The Beverly Hills hairstylist, a Democrat, said he hit it off with then-Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina at a meeting in Los Angeles that brought several fashion experts together to advise the candidate on his appearance. Since then, Torrenueva has cut Edwards's hair at least 16 times.
At first, the haircuts were free. But because Torrenueva often had to fly somewhere on the campaign trail to meet his client, he began charging $300 to $500 for each cut, plus the cost of airfare and hotels when he had to travel outside California.
Torrenueva said one haircut during the 2004 presidential race cost $1,250 because he traveled to Atlanta and lost two days of work.
Read the whole story at the link above. Edwards apparently was seeking to limit the damage from the news he was using the money donated to his campaign for expensive personal grooming. Pretending to be ignorant of "that guy" who flew across the country to cut his hair again and again doesn't wash.
So, all of you poor folks in the "other America" who have such trouble making ends meet, be sure and pony up the $50 you can't afford for the candidate who cares enough about you to look his very best.
Note also that Elizabeth Edwards has been relentlessly attacking Ann Coulter for her harsh language, but was reportedly the force behind hiring virulently anti-Catholic bloggers for the campaign.
If Edwards keeps this stuff up, he's going to give hypocrisy a bad name . . .