Tareq Salahi mulls bid for governor
April 25th, 2012
12:08 PM ET
10 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. Jim

    What a freaking dope.

    April 25, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    How ironic how eveyone applying for a "Government paid job" say they believes "limited" government. I could just throwup.

    April 25, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    I will be his Lt. Governor.

    April 25, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Robert

    Just what the Repubican party needs, another self centered idiot.

    April 25, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Dawn

    From McDonnell to this unstable wingnut. Its not going to happen.

    April 25, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    This is no surprised. He's as qualified as most of the elected officials in the GOBP cult, which is to say not at all.

    April 25, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Beverly - NYC

    Running for office must be the new money making scam. Christine I'm not a witch O'Donnell paid her rent and other personal expenses with campaign money. Newt and Rick racked up campaign debt with no consequences, why not this reality TV clown. Anyone giving this nut money deserves to be taken.

    April 25, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. judy

    reality show time. What a bunch of clowns. Obama 2012

    April 25, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. lvmsleader

    Has our country gotten to the point where this moron thinks he even has a CHANCE???

    April 25, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. this guy is mr. delusional

    this is like getting fired from the sales floor of a company for being incompetent, and then applying for the position of President for that company

    April 25, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. DIANA

    This is going to be known as the reality wanna-be's election. Joe the Plummer wants to be senator and now this guy. Kim Kardashian said she'd like to be mayor of Glendale in California. Who's next. This is real sad and makes us look like idiots to the rest of the world.

    April 25, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. kayla


    April 25, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Jane

    Oh Please! He might have better luck doing DESPERATE HUSBANDS OF MISSING WIVES.

    April 25, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. ja

    the @*$5 nerve, who the hell is he, what rock did he grawl from

    April 25, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    Once we are done with McDonnell/Cuccinelli and the rest of the radical Kooks we won't be looking for any more. Sahali and Allen can go back to the swamp they came from.

    April 25, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. jack johnson

    This man will do anything to get his used wife back.

    April 25, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Sirned

    Oh I forgot Virginia also has Republican Allen running for Governor that called a black camera man Macaca...Republicans are living in the nutty land...

    April 25, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    CNN has already given this clown what he craves and live off, free publicity and a sort

    of celebrity. As if there were not more important happenings to post on the Ticker?

    Really CNN,please stop encouraging this nonsense by acknowledging these people.

    April 25, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Jake

    CNN, why are you even covering this and giving this blowhard air time. He's desperate to extend his 15 minutes of fame and you're helping him. Come on now, you'll never catch FOX this way.

    April 25, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. NoWay

    He's got em. Must be hard to walk.

    April 25, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Luke Brown

    Just what America needs ... More silly idiots in government.

    April 25, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Marie MD

    He and that ugly ho of his ex-wife should have been in jail a long time ago.
    Talk about trash with money!

    April 25, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    Maybe he thinks he can win his wife back from the rock star if he gets elected governor? Face it buddy, you're BOTH losers!! Get a real job and stop torturing us.

    April 25, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. V in Chicago

    Maybe him and Joe the Plumber can hook up and campaign together. This is sad. But hey, he does want to run as a Republican and I hear they are scrapping the bottom of their barrell these days looking for anyone they think they can buy, uh, I mean get elected in to a political position. With what I've seen on these posts from the Republican/Tea Party types, he might just get on the ballot. Won't win, though!!

    April 25, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. V in Chicago

    Must be a Republican thing. Anything / Anyone!!

    April 25, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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