Alex Burgos, communications director for the Marco Rubio campaign for the U.S. Senate, offered the following response to my column, particularly in regard to the $134 haircut item that has attracted so much media attention:
On behalf of Marco Rubio's campaign, I'm
writing to address some of the points you raised in your column today.
First, you cite a $134 haircut. However, what appeared on the leaked credit
card statement was a charge of $133.75 at Churchill's Barber Shop in Miami. A simple call to that business would quickly reveal that
haircuts there cost $20.
Second, you present a detailed listing of Ray Sansom's charges, which have nothing to do with Mr. Rubio.
Third, Mr. Rubio's expenses were covered by the state party because they
dealt with political activities he was engaged in on behalf of the
Republican Party. Nearly 90% of Rubio's expenditures were directly related
to air travel, automobile travel, lodging and meals directly related to his
official duties as a leader within the Republican Party of Florida. In two
years, only 20 out of the nearly 800 transactions were personal in nature,
and he paid directly for each of them. It's no different than any employer
that foots the bill for employee expenses incurred while conducting official
For those charges that were of a personal nature, Rubio made timely direct payments to American Express totaling more than $16,000 to cover all
personal expenditures. These were paid during the period that he had the
card, not after he left office as some have erroneously reported or claimed.
I know it is a difficult story to follow, as leaked political hits are often
designed to be, but please let me know if I can help you separate fact from