First he ‘allegedly’ crashed a 2009 White House state dinner and now reality TV star Tareq Salahi wants to “crash the vote” by running for governor of Virginia in 2013.
On Tuesday, Salahi officially announced his election bid and launched his campaign website, CrashTheVote.com. The website is designed to be “interactive and bilingual” and “give all voters the opportunity to proactively experience and participate in the Governor’s race,” according to a press release.
The website also announces the production of a documentary film, titled “In It to Win It,” to feature Salahi’s election run.
Salahi’s intention to run for governor has not been a secret. He’s been talking about it for months, but the genesis of his website gives it some validity. Official campaign documents cannot be filed until January 1, 2013, per requirements from the Virginia State Board of Elections. Salahi must also submit a petition signed by 10,000 registered Virginia voters, at least 400 from each of the 11 Congressional districts.
Appearances in Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of D.C.” gave Salahi and then-wife Michaele an extended 15 minutes of fame, and one episode captured their White House ‘gatecrashing,’ something Tareq Salahi has since denied.
The gubernatorial candidate’s background includes other more troubling ‘crashes,’ however. In 2010, the polo company of which Salahi was president filed for bankruptcy. And in late 2011, the Salahis auctioned off much of the wine-making equipment and other materials from their Virginia winery, after that company also filed for bankruptcy.
Salahi told CNN in April that he would be running as a Republican, despite previous work on both sides of the aisle. His website claims he is “a modern post-partisan candidate.” Salahi will face off against Attorney General and party favorite Ken Cuccinelli in the Republican primary.