In his bid to unseat incumbent United States Senator Ted Cruz, Representative Beto O'Rourke of El Paso has traveled to all 254 counties in the Great State of Texas. He's talked about gun control in gun country and women's reproductive rights in the Bible Belt. Now, he's also experienced a black barber shop on Scott Street in the Third Ward neighborhood of Houston.
On a recent visit to Houston, Beto was in need of a cut and a Beto staffer called on his personal barber, Lewis Goode of Goode Looks Barber Shop on Scott Street, to save the day. I reached out to Lewis to get his thoughts on the encounter and got a surprise of my own; Lewis used to cut my hair when I was really young (late 80's, early 90's) at Pat's Hair Gallery and Clippers. I can't stress enough how small Houston can be at times.
In our chat, Lewis recounted how Beto unceremoniously entered the shop on a Tuesday and came off "like a normal person, very approachable." Lewis went further to comment that Beto's demeanor was Kennedyesque. Once draped in Lewis' signature Gucci print barber cape, this encounter was bound to go viral. "I'm really into social media, I'm on Instagram and Facebook but I wasn't on Twitter," remarked Lewis. "I created a Twitter account and the numbers keep going up and up. It's hard to believe."
Barber Lewis Goode puts the finishing touches on a client
While I'm in no way, shape or form an investigative reporter, I couldn't help myself but to ask Lewis if Beto had his vote in November. Lewis, after a brief pause in thought, replied "Yeah, I'll give him a shot." We'll have to wait until November to see how many residents of Texas' 254 counties follow suit.
Photos are compliments of Lewis Goode.