Makes us wonder: Kismet or . . .
Two days after ex-wife Michaele Salahi wed Journey guitarist Neal Schon on pay-per-view, Tareq Salahi, mastermind of the then-couple's 2009 gate-crash of the Obama White House's first state dinner, announced his out-there intentions to run for U.S. Congress.
Last year, the onetime winemaker (his family's Virginia-based Oasis Vineyard filed for bankruptcy in 2008; its assets were auctioned off in 2011) and avid polo player (his organization, America's Polo Cup, went Chapter 7 in 2010) announced his candidacy as a Republican for governor of Virginia. Then he changed his party affiliation to independent.
Didn't win. Didn't even make it onto the ballot.
That's not stopping Salahi, though. In a news release yesterday, he stated intentions to take over the seat of retiring 10th District Rep. Frank Wolf. His slogan, "Keep Virginia on track."
Former child of destiny and current judge of "X Factor" contestants Kelly Rowland reveals engagement deets on today's " Queen Latifah Show" (CBS3, 3 p.m.). Apparently, the oft-reticent singer got engaged while in Bulgaria - and while Skyping with manager/beau Tim Witherspoon. The ring got put on it later.
Can go for that
After five years of musical injustice, Hall & Oates, Philadelphia's beloved rock-and-soul duo - the best-selling rock duo of all time, thank you very much - are finally getting their spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Pottstown's own Daryl Hall spoke from London with Rollingstone.com yesterday about the honor. "I think Philadelphia has been underrated over the years as a musical region. I wasn't respected for being what I was," the former Temple student said.
Way to give your hometown props. As for North Wales' John Oates?
We can only assume: What he want, he got.
The magic happens at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on April 10. Also up for initiation: Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Nirvana.
Kiss fans, take note: Paul Stanley has a memoir coming out in April. Face the Music: A Life Exposed will feature rare photographs and candid memories about the guitarist's wild life with the megaselling band.
Can't go for that
Colin Farrell told Ellen DeGeneres on Monday that he and Elizabeth Taylor had something like a platonic love affair. Started a few months before her death, when they were both in the same hospital: he for the birth of his son; she, for a stint.
The relationship, said the "Saving Mr. Banks" actor, was by phone, and late at night.
All roads lead to Brad
Jennifer Lawrence, another of Barbara Walters' "Most Fascinating of 2013" (airs on 6ABC, 9:30 p.m. tomorrow), will proclaim in her interview, "I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV."
"I mean, if we're regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the effect they have on our younger generation, why aren't we regulating things like calling people fat?"
Lawrence acted alongside Rydal native Bradley Cooper in the David O. Russell movie "American Hustle," out Friday. The actors also worked together on the locally shot Russell flick "Silver Linings Playbook," for which Cooper got an Oscar nomination, and Lawrence got an Oscar.
No word on how Coop, who's scored the January cover story of GQ (written by fellow onetime Greater Philadelphian Zach Baron) feels about people of different sizes.
But we know how we feel about him.
- Daily News wire services
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