Clay Aiken’s Shot at Congress Infuriates Republicans

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WASHINGTON — The 2003 runner-up on “American Idol” officially announced on Wednesday that he is running for Congress in North Carolina. Now it is time to ponder some questions he might face on the stump.  Aiken, 35, is likely to face a tough battle in his efforts to unseat Representative Renee Ellmers, a Tea Party Republican favorite, in the state’s conservative 2nd congressional district.

“I’m running for Congress for the same reason
I chose to become a special education teacher years ago
— To help people in need and to give them a voice…”  –Clay Aiken

Is Clay Aiken Congress Material?

He is an American singer–songwriter, television personality, actor, author and activist who began his rise to fame placing second on the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003. He and the 2003 Winner Ruben Studdard were both offered recording contracts by RCA Records, and his multi-platinum debut album Measure of a Man was released in October 2003. He released four more albums on the RCA label: Merry Christmas with Love (2004), A Thousand Different Ways (2006), and the Christmas EP, All is Well (2006). His fourth studio album (the first album of original material since 2003’s Measure of a Man), On My Way Here was released on May 6, 2008. After the release of On My Way Here, Aiken left RCA and later signed with Decca Records. His first album with Decca, Tried and True, was released June 1, 2010 and his second Steadfast, was released March 26, 2012.

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Political Opposition of Clay Aiken

On February 5, 2014 Aiken announced his candidacy as a Democrat for the 2nd Congressional District of North Carolina against incumbent Republican Party CongresswomanRenee Ellmers. The district is heavily Republican and gave presidential candidate Mitt Romney an 18 point victory over Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. Aiken will be facing Houston Barnes, a Durham businessman and entrepreneur, and Asheboro businessman and former NC Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco in a Democratic primary in May 2014.

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Wow I can’t believe so many people are getting so mad about a regular person wanting to have a seat in Congress!


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