Virginia's Latest House Candidate: Tareq Salahi

Virginia is apparently for gatecrashers

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 25, 2013 12:10 PM CST

(Newser) – Tareq Salahi, the guy whose wife tossed him over for a chance at pay-per-view love and glory with a washed-up '80s guitarist, has a new object of his affections: Virginia's 10th congressional district. Virginians may recall Salahi from his tragic failed bid last year to become the commonwealth's governor; the rest of you may recall him from that whole awful State Dinner thing, or, heaven help you, as a mister on Real Housewives of DC. Regardless of his lurid past, Salahi tells Politico that he's now a Serious Person: "This is really about me going back to my love and my passion of Virginia and my political roots I had long before my reality television career."

Furthermore: "Reality TV was a job. I got paid to do that. A lot of people don’t put that together. 'Oh, you're quasi-acting? I didn’t realize you were getting paid to be on reality TV.' The real me is what I used to do before reality TV."

Jose Canseco, right, and Tareq Salahi exchange blows  during the Celebrity Fight Night on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, in Hollywood.
Jose Canseco, right, and Tareq Salahi exchange blows during the "Celebrity Fight Night" on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, in Hollywood.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
In this 2009 file photo, Michaele and Tareq Salahi arrive at a State Dinner at the White House.
In this 2009 file photo, Michaele and Tareq Salahi arrive at a State Dinner at the White House.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, file)
Tareq Salahi and Michaele Salahi host the America's Polo Cup Championships by the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, June 12, 2010.
Tareq Salahi and Michaele Salahi host the America's Polo Cup Championships by the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, June 12, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Tareq Salahi and Michaele Salahi appear on NBC's Today show, in New York, on Tuesday, May 25, 2010.
Tareq Salahi and Michaele Salahi appear on NBC's "Today" show, in New York, on Tuesday, May 25, 2010.   (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)
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