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Clay Aiken announces run for Congress in North Carolina
foxnews.com ^ | 2/5/14 | foxnews.com

Posted on 02/05/2014 7:52:49 AM PST by ColdOne

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.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
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1 posted on 02/05/2014 7:52:49 AM PST by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne

Pop stars and sports celebrities running for elected office is a hallmark of third-world politics.


2 posted on 02/05/2014 7:53:56 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ColdOne

He’ll win. Same reason Obama did.


3 posted on 02/05/2014 7:54:57 AM PST by YourAdHere (I flip off all Obama bumper stickers.)
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To: ColdOne

First Franken, then Fluke, now him.

Emperor Caligula made his horse a Roman senator.

We’ve outdone that with all of the horse’s asses we now have in Congress.


4 posted on 02/05/2014 7:55:14 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: YourAdHere
Same reason Obama did.

Haven't seen Clay lately...are you implying he's done a reverse Michael Jackson?

5 posted on 02/05/2014 7:55:56 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: ColdOne

What’s his platform -— nationalizing gay marriage?


6 posted on 02/05/2014 7:56:16 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Given his orientation, shouldn’t he move to South Carolina?


7 posted on 02/05/2014 7:57:37 AM PST by steve8714 (I love the early House Party movies. I'm whitey McWhite. So sue me.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Yes but HogNose Henry Waxman proved that even in Hollywood, progressive ideology trumps good looks!


8 posted on 02/05/2014 7:58:00 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: ColdOne
The institution has become a joke...why not...

"Charles Manson to run for Congress...after winning Nobel Peace Prize..."

9 posted on 02/05/2014 7:58:40 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: ColdOne
Fluke - Aiken 2016?
10 posted on 02/05/2014 8:02:57 AM PST by massmike (If I like my tagline,I can keep it! Obama said so..........)
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To: ColdOne

never trust a male who wears lip stick and gloss.


11 posted on 02/05/2014 8:03:40 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: massmike

If Axlegrease, Gibbs, and Plouffy line up in their corner, I’d expect them to win. I think they could elect Charles Manson.


12 posted on 02/05/2014 8:05:30 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: ColdOne

Finally, the media will be able to report on an all-female Congressional race . . . oh, wait, oops.


13 posted on 02/05/2014 8:06:54 AM PST by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: massmike

Boss Hogg, with a different meaning.


14 posted on 02/05/2014 8:09:05 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: YourAdHere

he also came in second place in The Apprentice...lost to Arsenio Hall... he showed himself to be a tough competitor... i thought he would win it... that being said, i hope he comes in second place yet again!


15 posted on 02/05/2014 8:12:46 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: ColdOne

R+15 district. No shot.

In 2012, Ellmers won by 16 points, Romney beat Obama by 18 points.


16 posted on 02/05/2014 8:27:18 AM PST by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: nascarnation

I’m saying voters don’t vote for actual candidates anymore, rather for “superstars.”


17 posted on 02/05/2014 8:27:31 AM PST by YourAdHere (I flip off all Obama bumper stickers.)
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To: YourAdHere

No, I don’t think so. All he’ll do is widen his circle of jerks.


18 posted on 02/05/2014 8:32:38 AM PST by jstaff
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To: Buckeye McFrog
God help us all


19 posted on 02/05/2014 8:38:08 AM PST by thetallguy24
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To: nhwingut

He’s positioning himself to bash the district as “anti-gay” when he loses, eh?


20 posted on 02/05/2014 8:38:29 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ColdOne
Clay Aiken, Openly Gay 'American Idol' Star, Running for Congress Newsmax.com ‎- 3 hours ago Clay Aiken, the openly gay former American Idol star. is running for Congress as a Democrat in a conservative North Carolina district.
21 posted on 02/05/2014 8:49:38 AM PST by preacher (I am not a global warming hoax denier.)
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To: ColdOne

He’s hoping a bunch of TarHeels will get behind him?


22 posted on 02/05/2014 9:12:32 AM PST by Stosh
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To: ColdOne

He will take it up the pooper for you!


23 posted on 02/05/2014 9:19:57 AM PST by jrg
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To: ColdOne
Think about it. You are openly gay but have slim to none chances of winning a conservative district. But the contributions are going to be coming in from gay organizations and the DNC allowing you to use someone else's money to live high on the hog for the next 9 months. All you have to do is make some appearances. This could work again for him in 2016 or if he makes a strong showing they might give him a district he could win.

Then it is life on the gravy train.

24 posted on 02/05/2014 9:28:30 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Starstruck

Does he get to personally keep his money from all parts of the country if not used campaigning?


25 posted on 02/05/2014 10:10:17 AM PST by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: Maudeen
Does he get to personally keep his money from all parts of the country if not used campaigning?

Not sure what the rules are. I think he could keep it as part of a campaign war chest for another run or donate it to the DNC.

26 posted on 02/05/2014 10:29:37 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: ColdOne

The even gayer Goober Graham of the other Carolina.


27 posted on 02/05/2014 11:23:22 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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