Clay Aiken Announces He’s Running for Congress

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Elahe Izad
Feb. 5, 2014, 2:28 a.m.

Clay Aiken—yes, this Clay Aiken—is run­ning for Con­gress in North Car­o­lina, his cam­paign an­nounced. The former Amer­ic­an Idol run­ner-up is run­ning as a Demo­crat and hop­ing to un­seat Rep. Ren­ee Ellmers, a Re­pub­lic­an. 

Aiken touted his cre­den­tials as a spe­cial-edu­ca­tion teach­er who has used his fame to help chil­dren. He also at­tacked Ellmers, elec­ted in 2010, for her votes dur­ing the gov­ern­ment shut­down. “This is what’s wrong with Wash­ing­ton,” he said in his cam­paign video. “That a con­gress­wo­man would go [to Wash­ing­ton] and vote against the best in­terests of North Car­o­lina mil­it­ary fam­il­ies and those who de­pend on the mil­it­ary for their jobs. To do it when you know it’s wrong is even worse.”

And Ellmers? She at­tacked Aiken be­fore he even jumped in the race, say­ing on WMAL on Monday that Aiken couldn’t even win Amer­ic­an Idol or Celebrity Ap­pren­tice. “As we know, he doesn’t al­ways fare all that well,” she said. “He was run­ner-up.” 

“I guess we don’t have a very high ap­prov­al rat­ing, so I guess the bar has been lowered for him,” she ad­ded.

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