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Get to know a candidate: Hair edition

Rosalind Helderman

Welcome to Get to Know a Candidate, an occasional Virginia Politics blog feature about the the more light-hearted personal side of the gubernatorial candidates. Today, we consider the topic of the two men's hair. There are probably some metaphors to be drawn about the campaign from the topic. The coif of Republican Bob McDonnell, who has run a largely smooth and disciplined campaign, appears unshakable, with never a hair out of place. Democrat Creigh Deeds sometimes does television interviews with his hair still mussed from the wind.

This item was inspired by Julian Walker's profile of McDonnell in Saturday's Virginian-Pilot, where Walker took on directly the issue of whether the Republican dyes his hair.

"McDonnell laughed when asked whether he uses dye to conceal the silver strands in his never-out-of-place head of hair. He insists that he doesn't apply color; wife Maureen said a combination of natural extracts like chamomile and green tea and the summer sun have altered the hue of his hair," Walker wrote.

This intrigued us. Chamomile? Green tea? Was McDonnell's wife referring to some kind of hair product? Or is there actual brewing going on in the McDonnell household?

"I think we found the one topic upon which both campaigns and all partisans agree: Bob McDonnell's got a good head of hair," responded McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin to the inquiry, noting that with two weeks left in the campaign, hair products aren't exactly the campaign's most pressing concern.

We caught up with Deeds's 20-year old son Gus over the weekend and asked him what his father puts in his hair. The question was kind of a gimme--Deeds's staffers had been trading the passage on McDonnell's hair all morning. Here's what Gus had to say: "He does not put tea in his hair. He's all natural, almost to a fault. He colors his hair with early mornings and hard work and life. No tea."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 19, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Wow. I've known Gus for a while no. I had no idea he was... poetic?

Posted by: antoniomelias | October 19, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

you know, it's difficult to take the substance seriously when simple homophones are confused: "dies his hair?" really? not "dyes his hair?"

Posted by: jones101 | October 19, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they're homophonophobic? He he he...please, I hate fluff pieces when our state's future is on the line, but at least this one IS entertaining....

Unfortunately, you neglected to report that McDonnell wears a piece, as NLS protrayed a few weeks back....huh....NLS--now THERE'S a news outlet we can all take seriously (eyes roll into back of head)...

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 19, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, I inadvertently and mistakenly referred to NLS as "news"! My bad!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 19, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

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