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Tancredo to get $400 haircut for autism

Ann Sanner
Associated Press
Vail, CO Colorado

WASHINGTON ” Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo is getting his hair clipped for a cause while poking fun at a Democratic rival’s high-dollar haircuts.

Tancredo, a Colorado congressman, will pay $400 for a haircut on Friday ” a play on former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards’ $400 cuts, which appeared on campaign spending reports in April.

Tancredo’s $400 fee will be donated to the Autism Society of America, said David Holden, owner of the Hair Biz Salon in Concord, N.H., where the candidate’s coif will get trimmed.

Holden said he got the idea for raising charitable funds after hearing about Edwards’ pricey haircuts, but didn’t immediately pursue it.

“That’s not of any interest to us,” Holden said in a telephone interview. “We had no intention of being malicious.”

Holden’s 12-year-old son, Costica, has autism. Offering the candidates $400 haircuts was a way to raise money for the disorder and learn about government-funded research, he said.

Holden, who typically charges $17 for a man’s haircut, said he has also trimmed Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s hair for a $400 donation to the autism society.

Holden declined to identify his party affiliation.

“It’s not about who I vote for,” he said. “It’s about raising awareness for autism.”

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