The stylist who did the hair of house spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi says the appointment was actually an agreement of the San Francisco salon owner, given the woman’s “political leanings”.
Jonathan DeNardo released a long statement defending Pelosi, claiming that Erica Kious, the owner of eSalon, approved the hair appointment on Monday two days earlier in a phone call.
“Ms. Kious was particularly interested in the appointment during that telephone conversation, in which she made several critical and cutting-edge comments about Spokesman Pelosi and her alleged responsibility for the temporary cessation of Ms. Kious’s business, when in fact, such orders were not given by Spokesman Pelosi , but from Governor Gavin Newsome [sic] and San Francisco Mayor London Breed, ”DeNardo said through his attorney. “Ultimately, Ms. Kious authorized Mr. DeNardo to proceed with the appointment of Speaker Pelosi.”
A pelosi without a pelosi was caught on video leaked on Fox News that violated coronavirus rules at the salon. San Francisco regulations prohibit customers from being allowed indoors.
The 80-year-old California congresswoman has refused to apologize, claiming she was “set up” by Kious – who denied the allegation Wednesday night.
DeNardo, who has worked at eSalon for six years, also claimed Kious had been operating illegally since at least April during the pandemic.
He said the owner can be seen in pictures and videos of customers doing their hair, “ignoring social distancing guidelines and not wearing protective equipment (masks) even a few days before spokesman Pelosi arrives at eSalon.”
“In addition, Ms. Kious has actively encouraged and almost forced stylists at eSalon to violate such assignments for their own financial gain in the form of lease payments,” added DeNardo.
He concluded, “The fact that Ms. Kious now objects to Spokesperson Pelosi’s presence at eSalon, and a simple top-level review of Ms. Kious’s political leanings shows that Ms. Kious is promoting the establishment of Spokesperson Pelosi for her own futile efforts. Mr DeNardo’s name has now been dragged through the mud simply because it followed Mrs Kious’s recommendations. “
In a Wednesday night interview, Kious, who says she rents chairs to independent stylists, denied giving the footage to the press on “political” grounds.
“I was just thinking that my co-workers and people are unable to work, make money and care for their families. If she is comfortable without a mask and feels safe, why are we closed?” Said Kious. “Why can’t I bring customers in?”