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February 7, 2016

With Richmond in Rearview, Salahi Sets Sights on Washington

Though not quite conceding that his long-shot bid to become the next governor of Virginia is all but officially over, tabloid vet Tareq Salahi is now eyeing one of the Old Dominion’s congressional seats.

A more cynical journalist might suggest that, based solely on the handful of gawkers (think: polo buddies and long-lost acquaintances) present at his campaign rollout last fall, Salahi’s political career seemed doomed from the start. Naysayers might also bring up that follow-up events, including one-off wine tours through the Virginia countryside and a NASCAR-themed stunt in Las Vegas, fizzled out rather quickly.

But, we here at HOH are more interested in what Salahi might bring to the table today.

“My political goals are not about me, not about publicity, but about serving the hard-working people of Virginia,” Salahi asserted in a combo release advocating a write-in effort for the governor’s race while also floating the idea of giving Congress a go in 2014.

According to a Salahi aide, the candidate is still weighing possible entry points.

“His current representative is [Robert W. Goodlatte], and he may challenge him or [Frank R. Wolf],” the campaign aide said. “However, none of this has been decided, and we are studying the state to determine the best for keeping Virginia on track.”

Regardless of which race he next crashes, Team Salahi said the “In It to Win It” film crew has committed to keep the cameras rolling for at least a little bit longer.

Sounds like Salahi’s already won to us.

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