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Posted on Oct 24, 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin

Palin’s makeup artist was paid more than $22,000 for two weeks of work. If McCain’s economic advisers were that valued, he might have avoided the whole “fundamentals of the economy are strong” fiasco.

If the hierarchy of staff salaries in the McCain/Palin campaign has anything to say about what Republicans really care about this election, then voters will likely be unsurprised that the McCain camp’s highest paid individual these past couple weeks is none other than Sarah Palin’s traveling makeup artist, Amy Strozzi, who almost doubled the salary of the campaign’s chief foreign policy adviser and second-best paid individual.

The New York Times:

Who was the highest paid individual in Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign during the first half of October as it headed down the homestretch?

Not Randy Scheunemann, Mr. McCain’s chief foreign policy adviser; not Nicolle Wallace, his senior communications staff member. It was Amy Strozzi, who was identified by the Washington Post this week as Gov. Sarah Palin’s traveling makeup artist, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday night.

Ms. Strozzi, who was nominated for an Emmy award for her makeup work on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance?”, was paid $22,800 for the first two weeks of October alone, according to the records. The campaign categorized Ms. Strozzi’s payment as “PERSONNEL SVC/EQUIPMENT.”

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By Louise, October 25, 2008 at 6:44 am Link to this comment


Bush changed fiscal conservatism to “compassionate” conservatism, doncha know.

In response to the question, “What is Fiscal Conservatism?” Palin might posit the following ...

“Also set about and redefined compassionate meaning, and let’s keep the wealth at the very top, where true compassion understands, poor people are poor because they aren’t smart, also to stick their hand in the pocket of the other guy when he’s not looking, cause watching out for the other guy means paying attention to when he turns his back so as to. And also the wealth should be in the hands of the smart, as they will increase and multiply, also. And make more for them that has means we give more to all, to keep also, and also, that helps everyone who is compassionate too. And wealth spreading is not compassionate because it takes from the few and gives to the many who cant take for themselves also giving more to the most who take from the ...
I’m sorry, what was the question again?”

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By hippy pam, October 25, 2008 at 5:11 am Link to this comment

And WHAT could/would you DO with a salary[2 weeks] of $22,000.00?I do not think make-up artists in HOLLYWOOD make THAT MUCH MONEY…Does this “rip-off” artist have to PAY TAXES on that money???If she gets over $250,000.00 per year-under the OBAMA PLAN-she WILL PAY MORE….......[I still think most women can do a better job for a lot less money…Don’t you????]

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By Dag Andersson, October 24, 2008 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment

RNC reminds me of a used car dealer glossing over a corroded (and corrupted) car. The paintjob and expensive upholstery might fool rednecks, sixpack Joe and ditto “plumber”
  They are badly underestimating the ability of the american public’s ability to see through the hoax.

  I could of course take her for a test ride, but I’m pretty sure I would be disappointed.

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By JMTAC, October 24, 2008 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

She would have been better off if she would have just spent $20 or $30 bucks on a history, political science, and etiquette books. Still wouldn’t make her qualified for VP, but it would have made her much less clueless.

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By nobozos, October 24, 2008 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment

This is an insulting (to women) outrageous expenditure for slim results. I could live for nearly 2 years on what they paid a MAKE-UP “artist” in 2 weeks. I could live for 15 years on what the RNC spent of clothes for Palin in one month.

In addition, her makeup is tacky, her hair looks like a rat nest, and her tight red outfit makes her look like a street walker.

What idiots are running the McCain/Palin show?

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By Louise, October 24, 2008 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment

You mean to tell me that’s not natural radiance?


I wonder what she REALLY looks like!

Actually, I don’t think I want to know. My stomachs been a bit squeazy lately. wink

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By purplewolf, October 24, 2008 at 11:51 am Link to this comment

You mean to tell me that the “HOCKEY MOM” doesn’t know how to do her own make-up?

I sold Avon for 8 years and never earned that much doing make-up on potential customers, whom I taught how to do their own make-up and look like a professional artist had done it FOR FREE!

Maybe it cost that much to hide all of her ugliness and her “REAL” personality from the public.


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By Maryanne Jameson, October 24, 2008 at 11:25 am Link to this comment
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Lovely photo of Sarah with this article. Couldn’t you give us a slideshow? She is adorable. Obviously, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton never employed “traveling makeup artist” Amy Strozzi. The proof is in the pudding.

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By hippy pam, October 24, 2008 at 10:59 am Link to this comment

She still looks like a pit bull wearing lipstick to me….What-EXACTLY-did this make-up artist do to/for her that MOST WOMEN[if they are lucky enough to be employed in order to feed the family]DO EVERY DAY BEFORE THEY LEAVE FOR WORK????And THEY DO A MUCH NICER JOB OF IT…..

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By Aegrus, October 24, 2008 at 9:56 am Link to this comment

Fiscal Conservatism, where art thou?

More borrow and spend Reaganomics.

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