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November 2, 2012

Not too early to prepare for 2014



Hair today . . .

More than a few people are hoping that Obama adviser David Axelrod has to follow through on the vow he made Wednesday - to shave off his signature mustache if his boss loses Pennsylvania, Michigan or Minnesota.

But one of the folks cheering for him to break out the razor has special knowledge about ditching one's longtime facial hair for a new look. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., sported a strip of lustrous whiskerage for about as long as Axelrod has - some 40 years - before ditching the lip tickler back in 2007 . We asked the congressman whether he had any advice for Axelrod, should he have to bare it all.

Gingrey's communications director, Jen Talaber, made it clear that her boss is rooting for Axelrod to have a date with his Mach 5. "The congressman is hopeful David Axelrod will have to make good on his promise," she said. She also offered a helpful suggestion for dealing with the equivalent of a farmer's tan of the upper lip. "My personal advice for Axelrod is, if his upper lip hasn't seen the light of day in 40 years, he better invest in some self-tanner," she added.

Without portfolio

An update on everyone's favorite fed: Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, who claimed to be working on a top-secret government project after being ousted from the Happy Valley campus, has been charged with eight counts connected to his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal that engulfed his former employer's football program.

It was never clear which government agency Spanier was working for - he said it was related to national security, and his attorney told the Loop in July that it was so hush-hush even he didn't know. A spokesman for the Pennsylvania attorney general tells us that it's still a mystery. "I'm not aware of anyone who has claimed ownership of him," spokesman Nils Frederiksen tells the Loop. "He's obviously good at keeping secrets."

An attorney for Spanier, who's facing charges that include perjury, endangering the welfare of children and obstruction of justice, did not immediately return our call.

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