Loss of election bet could mean plenty of lip from spin doctor Axelrod
By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org October 31, 2012 9:20PM
HEMPSTEAD, NY - OCTOBER 16: Democratic political consultant David Axelrod speaks to members of the media at Hofstra University after the second presidential debate on October 16, 2012 in Hempstead, New York. U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney debated in a town hall style meeting this evening at the university. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Updated: December 2, 2012 2:15PM
Memo to Susan Axelrod, wife of top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod, whose salt-and-pepper mustache has become his trademark: Here is what your hubby of more than three decades could look like without his broom handle.
“We’ve been married for 33 years and she has never seen me without the mustache,” said Axelrod, who made a bet Wednesday with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough to shave off his ’stache if President Barack Obama lost Michigan, Minnesota or Pennsylvania. “I think she’s a little frightened I may lose the bet,” the Ax man told Sneed. “She’s up in Michigan right now, working precincts, just to make sure I win the bet!”
◆ To wit: Axelrod claims he’s had the mustache for 40 years. “I grew it because I had a scar from childhood on my upper lip. Wonder if it’s still there?”
◆ Sneed has baptized Axelrod’s “mo” the “soup strainer” because he frequents Manny’s Deli. When David and I were reporters at the Chicago Tribune, his wispy ’stache was noted as a rarity among young newsies.
◆ Backshot: Mister mustache was surprised last February when a birthday tribute video to his facial hair was made by the kids at Obama headquarters in Chicago. Sneed’s request to view the mustache montage elicited this comment from campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt: “Never to be released, my friend.”
◆ The “Mo” Month: Ironically, Thursday is the start of the month now known as “Movember” by men who grow mustaches to raise funds for men’s health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer. Chicago Bear Jay Cutler is already sprouting one.
Rahm ’em . . .
From Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office to Sneed: “If we don’t win, Rahm will give Ax back the 3 lbs he’s lost worrying about the undecided voter (that’s a joke),” Rahm spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton emailed.
◆ Grin & Bear it: Reality star Kristin Cavallari tweeted a Halloween picture of her son, Camden, dressed in a little bear outfit. Camden is the son of Chicago Bear Jay Cutler. Get it? Forget it.
The Jackson vote . . .
All in the family: While U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who is back in treatment for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic, chose to vote absentee this week — his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th), voted in person Wednesday in the overcrowded basement at 69 W. Washington.
Sneedlings . . .
Ring-a-ding-a-ling: When the Miami Heat gave out championship rings Tuesday night, they ordered a few extra. Dwyane Wade’s girlfriend, Gabrielle Union, got one . . . Thursday’s birthdays: Anthony Kiedis, 50; new Chicago Sun-Times Splash columnist Jenny McCarthy, 40 . . . and a very happy belated birthday to Alex Dana, ageless.