Updated: GOP leader calls for Salahi's resignation
Sen. Tommy Norment, the Republican leader in the state Senate, is asking Gov. Tim Kaine (D) to remove White House party crasher Tareq Salahi from the Virginia Tourism Board.
"Mr. Salahi's recent outrageous behavior and personal promotion in regards to trespassing in the White House is not the face we need for Virginia tourism,'' Norment wrote in a letter to Kaine this week. "I would appreciate you taking swift action to avoid any further negative situations."
Kaine said this week that he asked Secretary of the Commonwealth Kate Hanley to look into whether Salahi should remain on the board. Kaine appointed him to the board in 2006 as his previous term on the Virginia Winery Board was concluding.
Meanwhile, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services yesterday began a formal investigation into the America's Polo Cup, the business entity run by Michaele and Tareq Salahi that the couple says raises funds for their charitable organization, as a host of other problems became apparent for the couple.
Read Norment's full letter here
Updated: Kaine spokeswoman Lynda Tran said the governor is awaiting the pair of state reports before making any decisions. "To our knowledge there is not a meeting of the Tourism Board scheduled anytime in the near future, and frankly the Governor is focused on really significant priorities such as closing the more than $3.5 billion gap in the state's budget.,'' she said.
December 4, 2009; 8:36 AM ET
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