White House party crasher Tareq Salahi is looking to find a legitimate way to secure future invites by running for the Virginia congressional seat being vacated by retiring GOP Rep. Frank Wolf.
Salahi, 44, is best known for appearing as the (former) husband of Michaele Salahi on Bravo’s "Real Housewives of DC." Together, the couple made headlines after the network aired footage of the pair talking their way into a 2009 state dinner, sans an invitation.
The House Committee on Homeland Security later subpoenaed the Salahis to question them about the incident. The couple invoked the Fifth Amendment to remain silent.
Salahi’s family owned and operated the Oasis Winery in Hume, Va., but filed for bankruptcy in 2008.
It was the culmination of a family feud between Salahi, his former wife, and Salahi’s parents, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Salahi tells Politico
he will run as a Republican and thinks he has a good chance of winning.
“I think Virginia, especially the 10th District, is not as red as it used to be 10 years ago . . . It’s a little more purple.”
In 2012, Salahi filed his candidacy as a Republican seeking the Virginia governor’s seat, challenging then Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli,
who went on to win the nomination. But over the course of his short gubernatorial bid, he switched from Republican to independent and was unable to get enough support to appear on the ballot.
He later launched a website, Crashthevote.com, and has transitioned it into to his race for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. On his Facebook page,
Salahi describes himself as an “Epicurean Travel Expert/Television Personality seen on NBC / E! / Bravo/ Discovery Channel, HBO and more . . . ”
Salahi recently settled with his former wife Michaele, who left him for Journey guitarist Neal Schon. Schon and Michaele were married this month in a live, $14.95 pay-per-view ceremony.
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