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.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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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