Party crasher resigns from Virginia tourism job

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Posted: Dec 09, 2009 5:42 PM

A Virginia man who crashed a White House state dinner without an invitation has resigned under criticism from the Virginia Tourism Authority board.

Tareq Salahi resigned in an e-mail sent to Gov. Tim Kaine and Alisa Bailey, president of the Virginia Tourism Corp.

Salahi and his wife Michaele are aspiring reality TV stars and have been subpoenaed by the House Homeland Security Committee, which is investigating the security breach. The couple says they will invoke their Fifth Amendment right not to testify.

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Virginia's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services also is investigating a charitable polo event they sponsor.

The 130-word e-mail Salahi sent Monday says "unfortunate negative and tabloid type media" has made him a distraction to the tourism panel.