White House Crasher Tareq Salahi Wants to Run for Va. Governor

Apr 25, 2012 3:51pm

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White House gate crasher Tareq Salahi is out to grab headlines again by  filling out, but not yet filing, the paperwork necessary to run for governor in Virginia.

Salahi plans to run as a Republican. He would take on GOP candidate and state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who recently filed a lawsuit against Salahi for defrauding customers who signed up to take winery tours through Salahi’s tourism company.

Website TMZ.com, first reported Salahi’s plan, posting a copy of his “declaration of candidacy” form.

Salahi did not return ABC News’ phone calls, but he told the gossip site that if he wins the election “everyone is invited to crash the inauguration.”

According to officials at the Virginia State Board of Elections, not only has Salahi not turned in any of the necessary documents, he wouldn’t even be allowed to at this point.

“Nothing been filed with us,” said Justin Riemer, the board’s spokesman.

Riemer said the “declaration of candidacy” cannot be filed until 2013, the year of the election. And then it can only be submitted with the signatures of 10,000 registered voters.

Potential candidates can now start raising money and hiring staff, but to do so requires filling out a completely different document, Riemer said, adding that Salahi has not contacted his office to obtain any of the paperwork.

In addition to Cuccinelli, Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is also seeking the GOP nomination.

Salahi and his wife Michaele rose to infamy after crashing a White House state dinner in 2009. The couple were then featured on the reality show Real House Wives of Washington, DC. Michaele left Salahi last year after running off with rocker Neal Schon from the band Journey.

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