Only 2 Percent in Virginia Have Good Opinion of Tareq Salahi

Alleged White House crasher will have uphill battle to Governor's Mansion

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    Pollsters say the White House party crasher needs to do a lot of work if he wants to make it to the Governor's Mansion in Virginia.

    A new survey by the Public Policy Polling says only two percent of Virginians have a positive opinion of Tareq Salahi -- while 34 percent have a negative one.

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    Salahi announced last month he plans to run on the Republican ticket.

    Salahi and his soon-to-be-ex-wife Michaele made names for themselves after allegedly crashing a White House state dinner in 2009. They were, at the time, shooting for "The Real Housewives of D.C."

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    However, like much of Virginia, the other housewives were not exactly fans of the Salahis.

    Since then, the show has not been renewed, and various legal troubles have popped up. Just last month, Va. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed a lawsuit against Salahi over a wine tour venture for alleged violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

    Cuccinelli has said he will also be running for Virginia governor in 2013. This could be an quite the showdown -- just imagine the attack ads!

    However, as the AP reported last month: "Salahi completed a declaration of candidacy, but it's meaningless until Jan. 1 under state law. A State Board of Elections official says the agency that oversees Virginia elections can't accept the declaration until the year in which the election is scheduled."