He is the type of character that finds a way to stay in the news. Tareq Salahi, the man who rose to prominence by crashing a White House State Dinner, will get the chance to argue that his lawsuit against an entertainment company that represents his ex-wife deserves to be heard.
The lawsuit was dismissed outright by a Warren County Court. Salahi appealed the dismissal to Virginia Supreme Court and today the Court announced that it will hear arguments to overturn the dismissal.
(Salahi attended the Capitol Christmas Tree lighting as part of his campaign. Photo from his facebook page)
This is still a long way from being an outright win in the case for Salahi. He initially filed a $50 million claim against the company D.D. Entertainment, another entertainment company, his ex-wife Michaele, the rock band Journey and guitarist Neal Schon. Michaele, of course very publicly left Tareq for Schon ending their marriage and their business partnership.
Salahi and his attorneys reached a settlement with all the players in the $50 million suit except for D.D. Entertainment. Instead of letting the case drop, Salahi chose to fight it all the way to the Supreme Court. The case at the local level, even though it only got to the hearing stage was filled with intrigue and much of the craziness that has been associated all along with this couple that built their reputation on reality TV. Included in the fight was a picture of Schon's penis, which Salahi claimed was emailed to as a way to taunt him. Salahi had the picture placed into the public record.
I spoke extensively to Salahi about his candidacy for Governor in December. He is still working on gaining access to the ballot as an Independent. He told me then that he and his ex-wife have not contact.
"My ex-wife is not a part of my life anymore that chapter has been closed," he said. "I think Winston Churchill said it best. You have to reinvent yourself in your life once in a while, I am enjoying reinventing myself."
It is not clear how this lawsuit helps with that reinvention process, but today it is moving forward.
My story on Salahi's candidacy from December can be seen here.