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First the back wax, now the pedi

Gathering signatures to get his name on the Senate ballot may be hard work -- at least on the feet.

Roll Call's Heard on the Hill says it "applauds a man who’s man enough to indulge in some springtime grooming. Kudos then, to Rep. Kendrick Meek, who got a pedicure at the Capitol Nails salon Thursday night. The Florida Democrat didn’t seem embarrassed at all about his need to get his feet tended to, arriving at the popular salon in a suit with two staffers in tow. He sat in a pedicure station near a window overlooking Massachusetts Avenue, where the passersby included plenty of Hill aides, says an HOH spy who witnessed the exfoliation session firsthand. Meek, who’s running for Senate, asked one of the fellows with him whether he had ever had a pedi. When the staffer answered in the negative, Meek joked, 'You never forget your first time.' "

Asked on a conference call about the pedicure, Meek laughed and said it was a relaxing Thursday, "especially after such a long petition effort. It was a good deal. And I paid for it."

Male grooming became a running staple of Florida's Senate race after Marco Rubio's state GOP credit card statements included a $133.75 charge to a Miami barber. Speculating about what kind of services his Republican rival purchased, Gov. Charlie Crist suggested "maybe it was a back wax."

Rubio has said it was a hair cut and items that went into a silent auction.