WASHINGTON – The political world may have thought Mitt Romney was in Georgia today to continue laying the groundwork for a presidential run.
He may have just needed a haircut.
The former Massachusetts governor this afternoon posted a photo of himself, grinning in the chair of a barber who was preparing to take a razor to the hair of the perfectly-coifed politician.
“Just got a Trim at Tommy’s in Atlanta,” Romney wrote on his Twitter account.
Romney made the trip to Atlanta for private meetings with business leaders, to talk about jobs and the economy. This afternoon, Romney came into the barbershop with Eric Tanenblatt, a well-connected Georgia Republican.
“I gave him a superlight trim,” said Tommy Thomas, who owns the shop and controlled the shears that went toward Romney’s scalp. “He wanted to know what our concerns were, what everyone thought of what’s going on in Washington.”
Thomas said his shop is also frequented by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was a congressman from Georgia and is expected to announce a presidential candidacy. Gingrich was in the shop about a month ago, so his grandson could get a trim.
“Newt could be a great president. But I don’t know if he can get the nominee,” Thomas said. “I’ve always liked Romney. I think maybe Romney has more charisma and charm.”
“Like everybody else, he tips good,” Thomas added. “We only charge $16, and he gave me $20. That’s fine with us.”
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