Axelrod to shave ‘stache

Dylan Stableford
The Ticket

After occupying his upper lip for more than 40 years, David Axelrod's mustache is coming off.

The senior adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign said he will make good on his postelection promise to Joe Scarborough to shave the 'stache because the "Morning Joe" host helped him raise more than $1 million for epilepsy research.

Axelrod will have his iconic mustache removed live on "Morning Joe" on Dec. 7, "a day which will live in infamy," Scarborough said on Thursday.

Before the election, Axelrod agreed to shave off his signature 'stache if his candidate lost Michigan, Minnesota or Pennsylvania—and for Scarborough to grow one if Obama won Florida. The day after the election, Axelrod agreed to release Scarborough—a former Republican congressman from the Sunshine State—from his end of the bet if the MSNBC host helped him raise money for epilepsy research.

But not before mocking him. "Are you fired up and ready to grow?" Axelrod asked Scarborough, a nod to a story in one of the president's stump speeches.

Scarborough donated $10,000 to Axelrod's Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), and Axelrod again pledged to shave off his 'stache if an online fundraising drive led by Scarborough hit $1 million.

That figure was met on Wednesday at a fundraiser in Boston, Scarborough said.

Axelrod's daughter, Lauren, was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was just 7 months old. Axelrod and his wife, Susan, co-founded CURE in 1998, raising more than $20 million for research since its inception.