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
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)

(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."

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Dec 26, 2013 2:06 PM CST
another muslim! be very carefull virginia!
Arthur Machado
Dec 26, 2013 10:04 AM CST
Well, with a few late adjustments at the polls and a few hundred magically found votes, and 1009 votes by ineligible felons all in a race won by 312 votes out of 2.9 million, it worked for a loon like Al Franken, so it could work for this guy with just a little creative counting. Yep no voter ID needed here just keep moving.
Dec 26, 2013 5:32 AM CST
"Reality TV was a job?" A lot like serving in congress!