Pelosi takes heat over visit to Calif. hair sa­lon

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION / WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is get­ting heat over a solo hair sa­lon visit in San Fran­cisco at a time when Cal­i­for­nia busi­nesses are lim­ited by con­cern over coro­n­avirus.

But Pelosi’s spokesman said she was com­ply­ing with the rules as pre­sented to her by eSa­lon.

“This busi­ness of­fered for the speaker to come in on Mon­day and told her they were al­lowed by the city to have one cus­tomer at a time in the busi­ness,” said spokesman Drew Ham­mill in a state­ment. “The speaker com­plied with the rules as pre­sented to her by this es­tab­lish­ment.”

Footage aired by Fox News Chan­nel shows Pelosi, her mask around her neck rather than on her face, walk­ing through the es­tab­lish­ment. A stylist fol­lows her, wear­ing a mask.

The sa­lon owner said she rents chairs to stylists, one of whom let her know in ad­vance that Pelosi wanted a wash and a blow dry. Out­door hair­cuts are al­lowed in Cal­i­for­nia, but in­door sa­lons have not re­opened. The owner said she con­sid­ered the ser­vice “a slap in the face” to busi­ness own­ers who have been forced to close.

Con­ser­va­tives pounced, cast­ing Pelosi as a hyp­ocrite.

“Speaker Pelosi has pushed poli­cies that would keep our econ­omy closed and our small busi­nesses shut down. But for her­self?” Sen­ate Repub­li­cans tweeted. “A sa­lon visit when­ever she pleases.”

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP FILE

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “com­plied with the rules as pre­sented to her” by a San Fran­cisco hair sa­lon, a spokesman said.

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