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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Blo N Go Stories Seem to Have Gotten On Brodkorb's Nerves

He responds here.

First, Senate Ethics requirements are very clear about income disclosure for spouses. If Two-Putt Tommy or the other bloggers had bothered – once again – checking the facts, they would have seen that the spouse of a Senator or a candidate for U.S. Senate is required to list the source of income in excess of $1,000.

If the spouse of the candidate did not earn income in excess of $1,000, there is no requirement to file it.

Both Al Franken’s wife, and Senator Norm Coleman’s wife, have duly reported the source of income they received for the reporting period covered by the United States Senate Financial Disclosure Report.

Second, the FEC does not require any reporting of income or jobs of any candidate’s spouse.

Facts are important things. Two-Putt Tommy and other bloggers who launch personal attacks against someone’s wife should be ashamed of their conduct, but most importantly, they should get their facts straight.

This means Laurie Coleman makes less than a $1000.00 per disclosure period on the Blo N Go.

There are some mainstream media outlets who are interested in the Blo N Go story.

The Washington Post item about this story came up in the top google results when I searched Norm Coleman blo n go earlier today. Now it does not appear in google results. Has there been a concerted effort to scrub the Washington Post story from appearing on google search results? The story is reprinted here.

Laurie Coleman, wife of Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, has invented a tool for hands-free hair drying called the "Blo & Go."

Anyone who has ever tried to style his or her hair by wielding a blow-dryer in one hand and a brush in the other knows that it can be an exasperating juggling act. The challenge of an at-home blowoutis what inspired Coleman to invent the Blo & Go, a hair-dryer holster.

For years, Coleman had been jury-rigging wire coat hangers into holders for her blow-dryer so she could use both hands to style her hair. "You go on a trip with senators and you have 45 minutes and you have to be ready to go," says Coleman, who doesn't have the luxury of traveling with a hairstylist. "Norm's not going to blow-dry my hair."


Coleman is a former model, mother of two and a onetime actress — "Homeland Security," "Three Days of Rain." She gave her age as 50, but public records say she's 51. Are you sure you're 50, Mrs. Coleman? Is that your final answer? She clarifies: Just had a birthday. Make that 51.

In 2004, Coleman was pictured in The Washington Post wearing a corset and garter — and posing in front of a four-poster bed — all in the name of promoting her acting career. Coleman no longer is acting, she says, but "if something fun would come up, I'd pursue it."

Against the backdrop of this kind of marketing savvy, it is hard to believe that the name Blo & Go was not chosen to, at the very least, amuse. This, after all, is a world in which the words "wide stance" churns up easy chuckles.

Coleman's voice registers shock — and dismay — that anyone would make such a connection. "I didn't think of that," she says. Then she points out that the name wasn't even her idea. It came out of a committee. It was all in the brainstorming, during which "Freedom Styler" was rejected. And so it went: You get your hair blown out. You need a blowout. You get blown ... out. And then you go. Bingo: "Blo & Go!"

Coleman's portable little device doesn't grip the nozzle of the blow-dryer; instead, it cradles the handle. It holds by suction to any flat surface such as a mirror. "I needed something of great quality that was really going to stay up," she says. "The whole key to this is the suction."


Coleman's Web site,, went live this weekand her infomercials have started running as well. She doesn't know how many Blo & Go's she's sold so far but "all my friends and family have bought them."

Including her husband, she says. "He's proud of me. He's happy as can be — in fact, he's used it. Every once in a while, he gets out of the shower and uses it.

"Anything that helps the family and pays the bills is good."

Press secretary LeRoy Coleman (no relation) confirms that the senator is "indeed proud of his wife and proud of the product."

But after a little thought, he changed his mind about rounding up a quote from his boss — thus depriving us of a public record of Sen. Norman Coleman, R-Minn., up for reelection this year, commenting on a Blo & Go.

The website uses Senator Norm Coleman to promote the cheezy Blo N Go product.