I guess we’re supposed to be shocked or something that a Presidential candidate, under intense media scrutiny and appearing in photographs and on television constantly, would spend a lot of money on looking nice?
WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) spent nearly $5,000 on hair and makeup in the early weeks of her presidential campaign, according to campaign finance filings uncovered Tuesday by Mother Jones magazine.
The Tea Party favorite made three payments of $1,715, $250, and $2,704 to a Maryland-based hair and makeup artist in the weeks after she launched her presidential run, according to her Federal Election Commission (FEC) report.
This is ironic given that Bachmann’s “sex appeal” has been the target of some criticism in the campaign:
The 55-year-old congresswoman has been noted for her appearance and was even praised for her “sex appeal” by Vin Weber, an aide to Republican rival, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.
“She’s got hometown appeal, she’s got ideological appeal, and, I hate to say it, but she’s got a little sex appeal too,” Weber said of Bachmann in early July.
Weber swiftly apologized for his “disrespectful” remark, but Bachmann seemed unfazed by the comment.
“I’m 55 years old, I’ve given birth to five kids and I’ve raised 23 foster kids — so that sounds like good news to me,” Bachmann told conservative radio host Scott Hennen, when asked if she was offended by Weber’s description.
We all remember how Sarah Palin was mocked and ridiculed after the RNC spent big money obtaining a wardrobe for her after she was selected to be Senator John McCain’s running mate in 2008, but the truth is this is how superficial politics is. And all candidates do this.
President Obama certainly spent plenty of money on stage craft and wardrobe during his campaign. John Edwards was mocked for this $300 haircuts. No doubt, it’s hard for the average citizen to imagine spending so much money on hair cuts and makeup, but that’s the reality of high-profile politics.
Looks matter to voters, as much as we may not want to admit it. If they didn’t the politicians wouldn’t spend so much money on looking good.