Our Republican friends have made light fodder of John Edwards $400 haircut for many months.Â But with new relevations that the Republicans spent $150,000 on Sarah Palin’s wardrobe, hair and makeup, coupled with an older report that McCain himself pays a makeupo artist $5,000 before he goes on TV, I’m wondering which party should be the one spending money fast and loose for the sake of appearances?
There are some questions about whether this sort of spending by the campaign is legal.
From the story:
“With all of the important issues facing the country right now, itâ€™s remarkable that weâ€™re spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses,” said spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt. “It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign.”
The business of primping and dressing on the campaign trail has become fraught with political risk in recent years as voters increasingly see an elite Washington out of touch with their values and lifestyles.
In 2000, Democrat Al Gore took heat for changing his clothing hues. And in 2006, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) was ribbed for two hair styling sessions that cost about $3,000.
Then, there was Democrat John Edwardsâ€™ $400 hair cuts in 2007 and Republican McCainâ€™s $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes this year.
A review of similar records for the campaign of Democrat Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee turned up no similar spending.