Tareq Salahi mulls bid for governor
April 25th, 2012
12:08 PM ET
11 years ago

Tareq Salahi mulls bid for governor

(CNN) – Famed White House party crasher Tareq Salahi has his sights set on crashing the governor's mansion in Virginia.

This time he plans to gain legitimate entrance as he is considering a candidacy for governor of the Old Dominion.

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Best known for showing up uninvited to a state dinner in 2009 with his now-estranged wife and "Real Housewives of D.C." star Michaele, Salahi announced his intention in a written statement from his spokesman.

"As a Virginia native for the last 42 years, I am troubled to see how our current political figure heads continue to waste tax payer dollars during these difficult economic times! I'm a big believer in limited government, keeping taxes, regulation and litigation low," Salahi said in the statement.

According to an application his spokesman sent to CNN, Salahi would run as a Republican.

The application, however, has an error, as Salahi filled in the wrong date for the November 5, 2013 election. His application says November 6.

As of late Wednesday morning, the State Board of Elections in Virginia has not yet received a declaration of candidacy from Salahi, a board spokesman confirmed.

The candidate form is generally not filed until January 1, 2013, at the earliest, Justin Riemer, the spokesman, noted.

He added the form must also be filed with petitions, signed by 10,000 registered voters in the state with a minimum of 400 from each of Virginia's 11 congressional districts.

This wouldn't be Salahi's first time in the public realm. He served on Virginia's Tourism Board from 2006 until the end of 2009, when then-Gov. Tim Kaine asked Salahi to resign after the White House incident.

Prior to his time on the tourism board, Salahi held a spot on the Virginia Winery Board, as his family, which owns several vineyards, had long been a major player in the state's wine industry. But the business fell on hard times, apparently under his and his wife's stewardship, resulting in a couple lawsuits and the bankruptcy of both the vineyard and the family's company.

Michaele recently drew headlines for a relationship with Journey guitarist Neal Schon. Salahi filed a missing persons report in September and appeared in tearful television interviews, claiming his wife had been kidnapped. The following day, however, Michaele confirmed she had been on the road with Schon.

Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican attorney general of Virginia, and the state's lieutenant governor Bill Boiling, are also running to replace current Gov. Bob McDonnell when his term expires.

In his statement Wednesday, Salahi's spokesman Eric Miller took a shot at Cuccinelli, saying the attorney general had wasted "huge sums of tax payer dollars on witch hunt type investigations," including a lawsuit Cuccinelli filed this week against Salahi over wine tour complaints.

Campaign finance records show Salahi has donated to both Republicans and Democrats.

Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Ken Cuccinelli • Virginia
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. V in Chicago

    @ Truth – they let you post, don't they? Just goes to show credible content is NOT a criteria.

    April 25, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. endeavor43

    The guy might make a better governor than Ken Cuccinelli would - then again almost anyone would

    April 25, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Pander Bear

    Look at me! Look at me! Everybody look at me! – Tareq Salahi

    April 25, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. MrManhattan

    In a world where some people were supporting Donald "Captain Combover" Trump for President, Anything's possible!

    April 25, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. roscoe

    Don't stop believing

    April 25, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. DENNA

    The man is a Republican? So his crashing the White House dinner with that paper doll he is married to wasn't a accident. He was trying to make the White House look bad. Typical Republican.

    April 25, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. DENNA

    They Republican party will let anyone run under their name. Remember that field of "candidates" that has been running for president?

    April 25, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. cnwilli

    Mr Salahi is obviously an elite liberal cronie. why shouldn't he want to share in the power.

    April 25, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  9. Linda Thomas

    This guy is a joke!!!

    April 25, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  10. patch vader

    Somehow, the story of a blonde, long haired, good looking female rock groupie would have been more interesting.

    April 25, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  11. bryce

    Shouldn't a Governor be able to pay his bills? I think that is a minimum requirement.

    April 25, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. bryce

    He would make a great politician, he has all of the qualities, but first he needs a psychiatrist.

    April 25, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  13. kojoto

    This guy believes in limited govt, low taxes, low spending etc. – Why, then, did he and his wife pull that grand stunt of crashing a white house dinner which caused taxpayers thousands to investigate??

    April 25, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  14. LCSWquilter

    As a resident of Virginia, I would love to see a comical race between the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Vagina, Ken Cucinelli, and Tarek Salahi, another media hound. No wonder Salahi wants to limit litigation in this state since he's been sued so many times by his creditors. Shakespeare himself could not have written a more appropo comedy for the political times in which we live!

    April 26, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  15. LCSWquilter

    Can't wait to hear the pundits on Fox News try to put a positive spin on this - especially Hannity who never seriously questions anyone who has an "R" behind his name.

    April 26, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  16. Vibrato Yodeler

    Can you say " con artist"?.. Ideal candidate for the GOP.

    April 26, 2012 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  17. joe smith

    wonder if the same Secret Service personel who allowed the crashers into the WH, are the ones caught up in Columbia turmoil..not a threat??

    April 26, 2012 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  18. rs1201

    This guy is delusional to say the least...Firstly, look at his name...Secondly, he's involved in all sorts of shady dealings with his former wife and he LIES...and then LIES some more. Republicans wouldn't answer him...they would just laugh and then laugh some more.

    April 26, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  19. Brons

    You have to be kidding! More free publicity for this lowlife egomaniac....your fifteen are up!!!

    April 26, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  20. Media Wh@re

    Anybody stupid enough to financially support this grifter deserve to get tangled in the web of lawsuits dragging behind him and his. Is this a joke or what. Dosen't sound like his paperwork is even in order.

    April 26, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  21. Cfrench

    Well, it is Virginia, after all, where the family tree is in the shape of a wreath. Oh, and what a surpise, he's going to run as a republican. Gee, didn't see that one coming.

    April 26, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  22. JerseyJeff

    This guy is just IN LOVE with himself.... I bet he pleasures himself looking in the mirror.

    April 26, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
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