Florida Senate Race Gets Hairy: “Wait A Second. Stop. A Back Wax?”

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Ah, Florida. Land of Disney dreams, Miami Vice, easy Oxycontin, and news reports like this:

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say a two-vehicle crash Tuesday at Mile Marker 21 on Cudjoe Key was caused by a 37-year-old woman driver who was shaving her bikini area while her ex-husband took the wheel from the passenger seat. “She said she was meeting her boyfriend in Key West and wanted to be ready for the visit,” Trooper Gary Dunick said. (h/t Ben Smith)

Now, the Back Wax Attack.

Last night, Gov. Charlie Christ went on Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren with a whole new line of attack against his primary opponent Marco Rubio.

CRIST: [H]e’s trying to pawn himself off as a fiscal conservative. And yet just in reason 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 — we are not sure what all he got at that place.

VAN SUSTEREN: Wait a second, stop. A back wax? Wait a second.

CRIST: I don’t know what it was, you know?

VAN SUSTEREN: I know, but was there a suggestion it was for a back wax or are you being flip?


CRIST: I don’t know what it was. Initially we were told it was a haircut. And then he said it wasn’t a haircut. Then he had the gall to go on Neil Cavuto’s show and said it was his money. It was a credit card from the Republican Party. It was party donors’ money. The detachment from reality is stunning to me. 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 we 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.

Truth be told, without the phrase “Back Wax” I would never have written this blog post, so the stunt by Christ worked. But it may not be enough. The Real Clear Politics polling average in that race has Christ losing the primary vote by more than 11 points.

On another note, there is a question for Marco Rubio that is perhaps more germane to his fiscal conservatism. Rubio has joined with Crist and just about every other Florida politician in protesting President Obama’s planned cuts to the Constellation program, which aimed to send Americans back to the moon by 2020. Does moon travel count as the sort of core government service that a fiscal conservative wants their tax money funding? Or is this just another case of a provincial politician protecting his local pork?