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Will trade beard for cash

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 at 12:07 pm in Election 2008.

Nicholas GerberGOP congressional hopeful Nicholas Gerber says he is already listening to his constituents.

And they apparently prefer him clean-shaven. Gerber says folks are telling him to ditch the beard.

“Polls even show that voters prefer candidates without beards,” Gerber says.

But there’s no free shave for Republicans who can’t abide the sight of a 5 o’clock shadow. Gerber says he will lather up and remove that unsightly facial hair if Contra Costa’s Republican womens groups donate $100,000 to his campaign against incumbent Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo.

Gerber told the San Ramon Valley Republican Women on Tuesday that he needs $1 million to run against Tauscher in 2008. (She has already raised nearly $500,000 as of Sept. 30.)

“If each of you writes a $35 check and you persuade 10 of your friends to write $35 checks and we do this in all the Republican women clubs, we will have raised $100,000,” Gerber said.

Gerber says he has contributed $100,000 of his own money and if the women pony up, that still leaves him $800,000 short. Well, not quite. As of Sept. 30, he reported $1,350 in contributions to the Federal Election Commission, so he’s $798,650 shy of his target.

At this rate, he’ll have to sell his beard quite a few times between now and November 2008.

But all is not lost. According to “Presidential Trivia” by Richard Lederer, from Abraham Lincoln to Benjamin Harrison, every U.S. president to have a beard has been a Republican.

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  • renegade gop

    This is a typical lost cause campaign. He has no hope of winning. I met Gerber on the campaign trail. I think he said he had his own mutual fund? The beard makes for a nice story but he will lose by a country mile to ET.

  • renegade gop

    This is a typical lost cause campaign. He has no hope of winning. I met Gerber on the campaign trail. I think he said he had his own mutual fund? The beard makes for a nice story but he will lose by a country mile to ET.

  • RR

    Such is the state of politics in California. The two-party system is moribund. It’s like Alabama, c. 1950. Most voters have never heard of Gerber and they aren’t likely to care much about what he has to say even after his name gains some vague familiarity.

  • RR

    Such is the state of politics in California. The two-party system is moribund. It’s like Alabama, c. 1950. Most voters have never heard of Gerber and they aren’t likely to care much about what he has to say even after his name gains some vague familiarity.

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