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Jul 11, 2012 9:06 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Local Hairdresser Sings For Mitt Romney

Jul 11, 2012 10:08 AM

Nineteen-year-old hairstylist Guy Yuhas never could have expected that a “hair emergency” house call on Sunday would land him face to face with, and singing the national anthem to, the possible next president of the United States.

Responding to Lori Sobel’s call for help when her regular hair and makeup artist didn’t show up, Mr. Yuhas arrived at Clifford and Barbara Sobel’s home on Meadow Lane, where a high-priced political fundraiser for Mitt Romney was being hosted later that day.

Mr. Yuhas said when he arrived at the estate at 1:44 p.m., he was immediately confused because he got “patted down” and searched with metal detectors. Members of the Secret Service escorted him to Lori, who is a regular client of the Kevin Maple Salon in Southampton, and her mother-in-law, Barbara.

Mr. Yuhas, a hairdresser at the salon, went to style Lori Sobel’s hair but ended up capturing the attention of her in-laws—and, ultimately, Mr. Romney—with his voice. Mr. Yuhs likes to sing while he works, something Lori Sobel knew. She told her mother-in-law, and she asked him to sing a song. He chose to sing “Breakeven” by The Script.

“She started to cry,” Mr. Yuhas said.

After he finished the song, Barbara asked him if he was able to sing the national anthem. “I said, ‘Of course—that’s the first song you should learn,’” he said. “Her jaw dropped to the ground. I started singing: ‘Oh, say, can you see, ...’ and she said, ‘That’s all I need to hear.’”

Within 20 minutes, Mr. Yuhas was performing in front of Romney supporters, and Mr. Romney himself.

“I was so caught off guard,” he said. “I love that what I had just witnessed could be a part of history. This is one of the biggest things I’ve done ... It was breathtaking when everything is said and done.”

When asked Tuesday what Mr. Romney was like, Mr. Yuhas said he was “very nice, very down to earth, and had very good posture.”

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