She is literally out of her mind…
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez literally allowed life in Washington to go to her head.
The self-declared socialist, who frequently rails against the wealthy and complains about the cost of living inside the Beltway, spent about $300 on her hairdo at an expensive salon she frequents in central Washington.
Last month, the New York Democrat headed to the Last Tangle Salon on 19th Street Northwest, paying out $80 for a haircut and $180 for lowlights, according to sources familiar with the salon.
A 20% tip would have added $52 to the bill.
Her stylist would not respond to a request for comment about the tip.
A member of staff at Last Tangle Salon spoke of the lawmaker as if she was a Television celebrity, saying “AOC” was extremely nice and even took some selfies with patrons.
“AOC is the Eva Peron of American politics. She preaches socialism while living the life of the privileged,” said Richard Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government, referencing the former first lady of Argentina who was known for dressing in designer gowns and jewels while advocating a socialist agenda.”
“There is nothing wrong with spending money to make yourself look better, especially as a personality who depends upon visual mediums for her power. But it is a bad look to spend hundreds of dollars to get your hair done to make a video decrying income inequality,” Mr. Manning said.
Ocasio-Cortez has declined to comment.
At the government-subsidized Capitol Hill barbershop, she might have saved around $100 for the same hairstyle.
Her high-dollar hairdo contrasts sharply with that of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former Alabama congressman who is a regular customer at the Russell Senate Office Building Senate Hair Care Services basement.
A men’s cut costs about $20 at that venue, available to Congress members and the public, although men’s haircuts there and elsewhere are cheaper than women’s.
Ocasio-Cortez, who earns $174,000 a year for a district that straddles the Bronx and Queens, has sponsored bills to increase salaries for herself and other members of Congress. She argued once that Congressional salaries were too low and that higher wages would deter bribery.
“Members are paid more than average — but the job requires 2 residences and we can’t take tax deductions for work costs,” she tweeted at the time. “No one wants to be the one to bring up increases, so instead people take advantage of insider trading loopholes & don’t close them for the extra cash.”
She also has complained about the cost of living in Washington, though she lives in a luxury apartment building in the trendy Navy Yard neighborhood, where rent for a no-frills studio apartment starts at $2,000 a month.
Ocasio-Cortez has plenty of company in the hair club for extravagant politicians.
Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, once spent $100 on a haircut.
The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, splurged $600 on a hairdo during the campaign, prompting Vanity Fair to ask in a headline: “Is $600 too much for a haircut?”
Former Sen. John Edwards, who ran for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and was the 2004 vice presidential nominee, was known to pay more than $500 to his hairstylist. President Bill Clinton’s $200 haircut in 1993 at Los Angeles International Airport made headlines when two of the airport’s runways had to be shut down for nearly an hour during the procedure.