White House Gatecrasher Tareq Salahi Files to Run for Virginia Governor, Gets Election Date Wrong

 @sara_dover on April 25 2012 2:44 PM
Tareq Salahi and Michaele Salahi
Tareq Salahi has reportedly filed for divorce from wife and fellow White House crasher Michaele Salahi. Reuters

Tareq Salahi has already crashed the White House, but does he have a chance at the governor's mansion in Virginia?

The former Real Housewives of DC star filled out declaration of candidacy papers as a Republican with the state of Virginia on Tuesday, according to documents obtained by TMZ.

I am troubled to see how our current political figureheads continue to waste tax payer dollars! Salahi said in a statement to TMZ. I'm a big believe in limited government, keeping taxes, regulation and litigation low, and if I do win, everyone is invited to crash the inauguration!

His run isn't official, yet -- CNN points out that Salahi filled out the wrong date for the election, writing November 6, 2013 instead of November 5. The State Board of Election in Virginia told the news network late Wednesday morning that they hadn't received the declaration of candidacy. Forms are usually not filed until January 1 of election year, at the earliest.

To qualify, Salahi would also have to get 10,000 signatures from registered state voters with a minimum of 400 from each of Virginia's 11 congressional districts.

Salahi and his wife, Michaele, infamously made their way past White House Secret Service and attended President Obama's first state dinner with the prime minister of India in 2009. While it became a huge joke in the tabloids, the incident raised serious concerns about the president's security.

Since then, Salahi has found himself struggling with a number of embarrassing legal battles.

Michaele left him for Journey guitarist Neal Schon and the two are working through a bitter divorce. Salahi was originally worried she had been kidnapped, pleading for help on television.

He has also been hit by a lawsuit by the Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II -- himself a potential gubernatorial candidate -- for running a wine-tour business that allegedly cheated customers by cancelling on them last minute and not providing refunds.

Salahi spokesman Eric Miller called the Cuccinelli lawsuit one of many witch-hunt type investigations that wasted huge sums of taxpayer dollars, according to CNN.

At least Salahi has a lot of great pictures to put in his campaign promos:

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