- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 3, 2020

The fall-out from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent controversial visit to a hair salon took a positive turn as the public discovered details about the event. A  GoFundMe effort for salon owner Erica Kious took in more than $200,000 in its first hours of existence, according to organizer Amy Tarkanian, former Nevada State GOP chairman and wife of Danny Tarkanian, who has run for public office multiple times in the state.

Donations continue to arrive at a rapid pace; Mrs. Tarkanian reached her goal of $300,000 late Monday afternoon.

“Erica Kious, a single mother of two and owner of eSalon, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got her hair done on Monday, is now being forced to shut down and relocate her business and family due to outrage and threats she is receiving,” Mrs. Tarkanian advised in her fundraising outreach.

“A maskless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited eSalon on Monday afternoon for a wash and blow-out, despite local ordinances keeping salons closed amid the coronavirus pandemic,” it continued.

Security footage of Mrs. Pelosi’s visit was publicized by Fox News in the aftermath, prompting extensive media coverage, followed by criticism of Ms. Kious.

“I have been friends with Erica and her family for roughly 20 years and wanted to help. Thank you for taking the time to do the same. She is overwhelmed by the flood of support and is grateful for those who are willing to speak out and stand up along her side,” Mrs. Tarkanian said.

“At the conclusion of this fundraiser, all donations will go directly to Erica to pay off any debts from the business that she is forced to shut down, expenses to relocate and reopen in a new location.”

“Just wanted to say thanks for the support on gofundme. I COULDNT HAVE IMAGINED THIS. Thanks for the follows and retweets. Praise the Lord,” Ms. Kious tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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