White House Party Crasher Tareq Salahi has decided against a challenge to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for the nomination for governor in the upcoming Republican State Convention. Salahi will instead forge ahead as a Republican, but do so as he calls it "independently".
"Pandering to extremist agendas is alienating voters from both parties," Salahi said in a statement. "I want to rise above the fray of the career politicians and their partisan agendas and give the people of Virginia a strong voice again."
Back in December Salahi told me about the challenge he faced in a GOP convention, which traditionally brings out the die-hard members of the party who generally are the most conservative. At that time his plan was to contend in the convention, but if he was unsuccessful he was ready to carry on as an independent."I am in it to win it. I am going to keep my name on the ballot regardless of what happens at the convention," he said.
Salahi needs to collect 10 thousand signatures in order to gain access to the ballot. He is not the only Republican considering an indpendent bid. Lt. Governor Bill Bolling is also still seriously considering a run as an independent.
On the Democratic side, businessman and former DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe appears poised to capture the nomination.
My full interview with Salahi from December can be found below. He talks about how difficult the convention process may be around the 7:45 mark.
Salahi's full statement can be found after the jump