Gay ‘American Idol’ Star Clay Aiken Is Running For Congress

Former “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken on Wednesday announced his bid to unseat second-term Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., in North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district. Aiken, who lost the singing competition’s second season to Ruben Studdard in 2003, will seek the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held Ellmers, who first won the seat held by a Democrat for more than a decade in 2010. In a video posted online Wednesday, Aiken discusses his success in the music industry and humanitarian work. He also sharply criticizes Ellmers’ voting record during the budget battle that led to a partial government shutdown. “For most Americans, there are no golden tickets,” Aiken says. “At least not like the kind you see on TV. More families are struggling today than at any time in our history. And here in North Carolina, we’ve suffered more than our share of pain.”

via FoxNews

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