Clay Aiken: Vote For Me!

Publicada Miércoles Febrero 5, 2014 10:00 AM GMT

He had no problem earning votes during his stint on “American Idol,” and Clay AIken hopes his popularity hasn’t waned in the years since.

The 35-year-old pop singer will officially announce his candidacy for Congress later today (February 5) as he seeks to challenge US Representative Renee Ellmers of North Carolina.

Aiken explained, “I saw this as the best place I could serve, because I think Washington, in general, is dysfunctional. I think it’s high time we put people in Congress who were not beholden to their party, and not beholden to anything but the people who they live around and grew up around, in my case.”

Additionally, Clay is going after Ellmers’ voting record and her move to cut funding for military families. “She didn’t have to run on her record last time. I plan on changing that. I want her to have to talk about and defend some of the things she’s done to people in this district.”

Meanwhile, Professor Andrew Taylor of NC State University isn’t convinced Clay can make it happen. “He’s going to have to pass the test of people asking him, ‘Why are you doing this? Are you serious? Are you really invested in this area?’ Those questions are going to have to be answered.”

Ellmers began taking shots at Aiken earlier this week, snarking, “Apparently his performing career isn’t going so well and he’s bored.” Clay responded, “I will say it’s pretty sad that I didn’t even get a chance to get into the race before the mud started being thrown around. That’s not the kind of campaign I’m going to run. Maybe I should be flattered that she’s worried enough she thinks she needs to stomp me down.”

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