Tareq Salahi, a Virginia vintner [vines? in Virginia?!?] who achieved notoriety for crashing a White House party …spark[ing] concern about the Secret Service’s effectiveness… and later saw his wife run off with a guitarist for the rock band Journey…
… Salahi filled out and submitted a candidacy declaration Tuesday [to] run as a Republican for governor of Virginia… one day after another GOP candidate for governor, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, sued Salahi and his winery … claim[ing] they cheated customers who bought winery tours.
…Of the $36,723 the new Republican has given to state and federal candidates since 1998, more than four-fifths went to Democrats.
Not weird enuff? Ok.
Delta flight 3163 to Midway … touched down and the captain announced the plane would be briefly quarantined. [The] plane was surrounded by ambulances and fire vehicles… Men with surgical masks over their faces boarded the plane… resulting in the plane being kept on the tarmac at Midway Airport for three hours … [for fear of] monkeypox, a contagious disease that occurs mostly in western Africa
…[Lise Sievers, 50] had spent more than three months…in Uganda … trying to finalize the adoption of two special-needs children…
During a layover in Detroit, she had called her mother in La Porte, Ind., and mentioned one of the children she was trying to adopt had broken out in pustules — small, pimplelike sores — during her visit, and that the boy had to be taken to the hospital in Uganda. Sievers also mentioned to her mother that she had suffered an unrelated case of itchy bites which she believed had been inflicted by bedbugs.
While Sievers’ flight was en route to Midway, her mother confused Sievers’ bug bites and the boy’s pustules, and called her local hospital to ask what she should do to prepare to treat her daughter’s symptoms.
…Aboard the plane, health crews took pictures of her rash. Experts determined they were bug bites and let Sievers and her fellow passengers off the plane.
The White House Correspondents Dinner [tonight:]
ABC Sofia Vergara; Jesse Tyler Ferguson; Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet of “Modern Family”; Christa Miller and Bill Lawrence of “Cougar Town”; “Hunger Games” actress Elizabeth Banks; actor Paul Rudd; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod; National Security Adviser Tom Donilon; Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno.
AFP Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of “Mythbusters”; writer Colm Toibin; DNC Executive Director Patrick Gaspard.
CBS “Homeland” star Claire Danes; “The Good Wife” actress Christine Baranski; Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan; Lt. Gen. George J. Flynn; Raymond Kelly, commissioner of the New York City Police Department; actor Daniel Dae Kim; Sen. Amy Klobuchar; American foreign policy adviser and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice; Capt.”Sully” Sullenberger III; Rep. Allen West; Rep. Tim Scott.
CNN’s Piers Morgan Actress Goldie Hawn…….
Fox News Kim Kardashian and her mother, Kris Jenner.
Fox’s Greta Van Susteren Actress Lindsay Lohan.
Huffington Post Actor Daniel Day-Lewis; actress Dakota Fanning; Anna Paquin; Stephen Moyer of “True Blood”; Darren Criss of “Glee”; Nasim Pedrad of “Saturday Night Live”; Attorney General Eric Holder; Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke; Sen. Rand Paul; White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer.
Newsweek/The Daily Beast Actress Reese Witherspoon; “The Help” star Viola Davis; J.R. Martinez of “Dancing With the Stars”; Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Gen. David Petraeus; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand; Sen. Susan Collins; Rep. Steny Hoyer; Rep. Carolyn Maloney; Ambassador Melanne Verveer; Gov. Jerry Brown; Washington attorney Bob Barnett.
Thus we get our scorecard to the Who’s Who of …whatever this is.