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Clay Aiken Announces Run for Congress

On Wednesday morning former American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken announced he would compete as a Democrat for North Carolina’s 2nd District House seat.

In a four-minute announcement on YouTube, Aiken cited his upbringing under an abusive father, his role as special-ed teacher, and his time abroad with UNICEF as preparing him for a career helping people; he also name-checked George W Bush, who appointed him to a special commission on education, for bipartisan cred.

“I’m not a politician, and I don’t ever want to be one,” Aiken said. “But I do want to help bring back at least to my corner of North Carolina the idea that someone can go to Washington to represent all the people, whether they voted for you or not.”

Aiken targeted Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers (R-NC) for her votes to cut military funding and in favor of the government shutdown. Ellmers has already taken a shot at Aiken. “Apparently his performing career isn’t going so well and he’s bored,” she said in a radio interview. “As we know he doesn’t always fare all that well. He was runner up.”

Watch Aiken’s campaign announcement below:

[h/t AP]

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