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  • Clay Aiken switches support from Clinton to Biden

    10/12/2015 2:01:59 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | Mark Hensch
    Singer Clay Aiken is no longer supporting Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton in 2016. Aiken announced Thursday that he plans on backing Vice President Joe Biden... ....“I’ll get in a leaky boat going in the right direction before I’ll get on a strong boat going in the wrong direction,” the former “American Idol” contestant said. “But I really want a strong boat next year on the Democratic side, and I think Joe Biden is a better candidate."
  • Some Clay Aiken Donors Feel ‘Duped’ After Announcement of Esquire ‘Docu-series’

    11/07/2014 10:25:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Variety ^ | 11/7/2014 | Ted Johnson
    Some Los Angeles donors who attended a Sept. 30 fundraiser for Clay Aiken in Los Angeles feel “duped” after the announcement, just hours after he lost his race for a North Carolina congressional seat, that Esquire Network had been producing a “docu-series” about his campaign. According to Karen Ocamb of FrontiersLA, donors are asking that footage of the event not be included in the documentary. Donors have complained that a film crew following Aiken around that night asked attendees to sign release forms, but told them that it was for a BBC documentary that would not air in the U.S....
  • Clay Aiken Donors Upset Over Campaign Turned Into Reality Show

    11/07/2014 10:12:20 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 7, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Clay Aiken has learned that you don't have to actually be a winner to come out ahead. He learned that lesson when he came in second on "American Idol" and was launched into fame while the actual winner of that contest is pretty much forgotten. He seems to have applied that lesson to his recent congressional campaign as well. Aiken lost in a landslide but not to worry, he is about to star in a TV reality show about that campaign. Unfortunately for Clay, some of the good footage of him hanging out with celebrity donors at a September 30...
  • Always a Bridesmaid: Clay Aiken Loses Congressional Race (Real Title)

    11/05/2014 11:51:53 AM PST · by Reaganez · 18 replies ^ | Nov 5, 2014 09:38 AM ET | Liz Raftery
    Clay Aiken came in second yet again. The American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice runner-up was defeated by incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers in Tuesday's election, losing his bid to represent North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District, The Associated Press reports. Aiken, 35, won the Democratic nomination after his opponent in the race died suddenly during the primary campaign. If the Idol alum had won, he would have been the first openly gay congressman elected in the South.
  • House Candidate Clay Aiken Wanted to Punch Ann Coulter in the Face

    05/21/2014 1:19:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 58 replies
    breitbart ^ | John Nolte
    Democrat and "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken is running to unseat Rep. Renee Ellmers in North Carolina's 2nd congressional district and has also scrubbed his Twitter account of his public desire to punch conservative columnist Ann Coulter in the face. "Anyone else watching Piers Morgan want to punch Ann Coulter in the face," Aiken wrote in a tweet in October of 2012. SooperMexican, who reconstructed and posted the tweet, writes: It’s so funny how liberals look the other way when a Democrat is caught advocating violence on women that I thought I’d give them another chance to show their hypocrisy...
  • Clay Aiken on VA Scandal: I Haven’t Paid Attention to the details

    05/20/2014 11:03:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 05/20/2014 | Free Beacon Staff
    North Carolina Democratic Congressional candidate Clay Aiken declined to say whether Secretary of the Veterans Administration Eric Shinseki should resign Tuesday on NBC.The former American Idol runner-up offered a somewhat bizarre rationale, telling the Today Show because he was not in the publicly broadcasted Senate hearing and “hasn’t paid attention to those details” he could not say whether Shinseki should go.“I think we have a lot of people who are making decisions without being in the room,” he said. “I’m not going to be one of those folks who wasn’t in the hearing and hasn’t paid attention to those details...
  • Clay Aiken wins North Carolina House primary

    05/13/2014 2:05:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/13/2014 | By TARINI PARTI
    “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken was declared the winner of his tight House Democratic primary in North Carolina on Tuesday, a day after his opponent suddenly died. Aiken and Keith Crisco had been vying for the Democratic nomination to take on Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) She is favored to keep the seat. Aiken was leading Crisco by fewer than 400 votes, and both candidates had been hovering around the 40-percent mark needed to avoid a runoff. The 71-year-old Crisco died Monday after suffering from injuries from a fall. Aiken’s team said they’d received word he’d been planning to concede Tuesday.
  • VIDEO: Lt. Columbo Would Like to have a Little Chat With These Two Clay Aiken Supporters

    05/12/2014 3:30:16 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 17, 2014 | Kent Broman
  • Clay Aiken's Opponent in NC Congressional Race, Keith Crisco, Dies Suddenly

    05/12/2014 2:33:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/12/2014 | SHUSHANNAH WALSHE
    Clay Aiken’s opponent in the Democratic primary for North Carolina’s Second Congressional District seat, Keith Crisco, died today, according to the company he owned, Asheboro Elastics Corporation. The textile entrepreneur and former state commerce secretary died at his home around 1:30 p.m., the company said. He had fallen, a spokesperson for the company told ABC News, but no other information was immediately available. At the time of his death, the race was still too close to call. Aiken was leading Crisco by just 369 votes
  • Keith Crisco died suddenly on Monday [NC Congressional Candidate vs Clay Aiken]

    05/12/2014 2:06:19 PM PDT · by Steven Scharf · 57 replies
    News & Observer ^ | 5/12/2014 | Craig Jarvis
    Keith Crisco died suddenly on MondayBy Craig Jarvis Keith Crisco, former state Commerce secretary and a Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, died on Monday. Details were not immediately available, but the Courier-Tribune in Asheboro reported that he died suddenly at his home from a fall. . . . Read more here: Aiken has won by default.
  • Democrat Crisco dies suddenly at home (Clay Aiken runoff opponent)

    05/12/2014 1:27:46 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 83 replies
    WNCN News ^ | May 12, 2014 | Dane Huffman
    RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina Congressional candidate Keith Crisco died suddenly at his home on Monday, WNCN confirmed. MOREAdditional Links A woman at his company, Asheboro Elastics Corp. in Asheboro, confirmed that he died at his home Monday around 1 p.m. She said employees at the company were being told what had happened. Crisco had faced Clay Aiken in a tense battle for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District.
  • After Big Promotional Push By Networks, Democrat Clay Aiken Leads By 372 Votes

    05/07/2014 4:14:42 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 7, 2014
    After a big promotional push by ABC and NBC, Democratic House candidate Clay Aiken leads his primary opponent by 372 votes out of 28,000 cast on Tuesday. According to Good Morning America on Wednesday, the "American Idol congressional candidate" may pull out a razor thin victory. Co-host Lara Spencer enthused, "Clay Aiken in the public eye for almost a decade, making headlines for his songs, his personal life and now a run at the United States Congress."
  • 'American Idol' Runner Up Clay Aiken Fights for First in NC Congressional Race

    05/07/2014 8:06:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | 05/07/2014 | KELLY O'DONNELL
    ay Aiken won millions of votes more than a decade ago as a contestant on “American Idol." Now he’s singing a different tune after a career shift into politics, fighting instead for support in Tuesday’s North Carolina primary. ‪Aiken, 35, is running for Congress in his home state, asking Tar Heels to support him once again. With a difficult race against fellow Democrat Keith Crisco, he also risks ending up in the same place that he earned from "American Idol" viewers: runner up. ‪“I've had an entertainment career that's lasted 11 years, longer than I ever dreamed it would," Aiken...
  • Video: How to get kicked out of a Clay Aiken fundraiser

    04/19/2014 8:32:28 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 19, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    VIDEO In case you hadn’t heard the news, American Idol star, singer and actor Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina’s second congressional district. He’s hoping to take on (and take down) current GOP Representative Renee Ellmers. While Aiken’s success could allow him to largely self-fund the effort, politics still requires you to get out there and do some fundraising, pressing the flesh with the local donors and power brokers. But as the following video shows, don’t bother stopping by if you’re a Republican. You’re likely to get an icy – and expletive laden – welcome. You can...
  • Clay Aiken officially joins NC Congressional race

    02/27/2014 12:39:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 27, 2014 2:27 PM EST | Gary D. Robertson
    Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken officially filed Thursday to run for Congress in North Carolina, saying that he wants to help end the gridlock in Washington and that no single political party has all the answers. The performer, a Democrat, turned in his paperwork at the State Board of Elections to seek the 2nd District seat currently held by Republican Renee Ellmers. Aiken, who lives in the Raleigh-Durham area, announced his bid three weeks ago and must first try to win the Democratic primary in less than 10 weeks. …
  • Clay Aiken for Congress?!? Here the perfect slogan for his campaign...

    02/07/2014 2:19:45 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 23 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-7-14 | The Looking Spoon
    So Clay Aiken is running for Congress, and he's off to a good start with messaging, when asked if he had a slogan he gave a pretty incoherent answer.I've got one for him.
  • Clay Aiken Having Sort Of Like .. Trouble? With His Slogan? About For From His Campaign. Stuff.

    02/05/2014 3:54:02 PM PST · by absentee · 15 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 2/5/2014 | Caleb Howe
    Clay Aiken appeared on CNN today to discuss his total serious and won't be a huge joke campaign for congress in North Carolina. Yesterday, rumors swirled about whether he was going to run, with insiders in NC and DC holding their breath, crossing their fingers, and looking up Ruben Studdard on YouTube. But now the awful suspense is over and we have our answer. Yes. Clay Aiken is definitely probably going to be a kind of candidate for congress from North Carolina for sure almost.
  • Clay Aiken Mulls Run for Congress (Report)[North Carolina]

    01/03/2014 2:14:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Wrap ^ | January 3, 2014 | Tim Molloy
    Openly gay “American Idol” runner-up could run in North Carolina Clay Aiken may dedicate his knack for winning voters’ hearts to something besides “American Idol”: The runner-up on the show’s second-season is reportedly mulling a run for Congress in North Carolina. The Washington Blade says Aiken, 35, has consulted with political operatives including Betsy Conti, a political strategist who worked for Al Gore and former North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue. Conti is based in Aiken’s hometown of Raleigh. He would potentially seek the seat now held by second term Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers, the Blade reported. Aiken, who came...
  • Report: Clay Aiken Considering Run For Congress

    01/03/2014 4:50:37 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    "American Idol" runner up Clay Aiken is "actively" considering seeking a congressional represent North Carolina's second district.....
  • Clay Aiken Racist Tweet GOP Convention

    08/28/2012 7:44:42 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 71 replies
    Twitter ^ | August 28, 2012
    @ClayAiken Playing drinking game with my brother now. We drink every time we see a black person on screen at the RNC convention. #soberasamormon
  • Clay Aiken: "Yes, I'm Gay"

    09/23/2008 9:38:29 PM PDT · by txroadkill · 26 replies · 190+ views
    Yahoo Music ^ | 9/23/08 | Lyndsey Parker
    Guys, I know this is going to come as a bit of a shocker, so I hope you're sitting down before you continue reading. But (deep breath, now)...Clay Aiken has confirmed, in an interview featured on the cover of the upcoming issue of People magazine and first leaked on Perez Hilton's site, that he is indeed (wait for it), homosexual.
  • Clay Aiken: ‘Yes, I’m Gay’

    09/23/2008 5:32:43 PM PDT · by KeatsforFirstDog · 56 replies · 338+ views
    Access Hollywood & People ^ | September 23, 2008 | Access Hollywood
    Clay Aiken has come out. The “American Idol” star and new dad finally revealed his sexuality in the new issue of People, which features a portrait of Aiken and his son, Parker Foster Aiken, on the cover with the words, “Yes, I’m Gay.” Although the new issue has yet to be released, when contacted by Access Hollywood, a rep for People confirmed the cover (which was leaked Tuesday on is for their new issue. His son, born August 8 to friend Jaymes Foster, seems to be the reason for his admission. “I cannot raise a child to lie or...
  • Yes, He Is Gay- Clay Aiken Comes Out.

    09/23/2008 2:25:22 PM PDT · by rintense · 139 replies · 513+ views
    It's official. Clay Aiken has come out of the closet.
  • Clay Aiken Impregnates Someone!

    05/29/2008 3:24:54 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 79 replies · 268+ views ^ | May 29, 2008 | TMZ Staff
    TMZ has learned Clay Aiken is going to be a daddy. In case you didn't process that, Clay Aiken is going to be a daddy. Here's what we know. Multiple sources tell us the mother is Jaymes Foster, a record producer and Clay's best friend. He lives at her home when he's in L.A. We're told 50-year-old Foster, who produced several Aiken CDs, is due in August. She's the sister of record mogul David Foster. She divorced a few years back and has no kids. Aiken is 29.
  • Kelly Ripa says Clay Aiken acted inappropriately on Friday's show

    11/20/2006 10:04:21 AM PST · by Millee · 56 replies · 8,742+ views
    AP ^ | 11/20/06 | Staff
    NEW YORK Kelly Ripa's definitely not a Claymate. The talk show host went off on Aiken this morning on "Live With Regis and Kelly," saying "I don't think he was respectful in any way." She says Aiken was hostile toward her when they shared co-hosting duties on Friday's show. She especially took issue with Aiken putting his hands over her mouth during an interview. She says you don't do that, even if it's for a laugh. Regis Philbin says he's shocked the pair didn't hit it off, saying, "In my wildest dreams would I ever think that one day you...
  • Aiken Named To National Panel On Mental Disabilities

    09/07/2006 7:46:01 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 13 replies · 555+ views
    WRAL - Raleigh, NC ^ | September 6, 2006
    WASHINGTON -- Raleigh native Clay Aiken has been appointed to serve on the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. President George W. Bush named 12 people to the panel. Aiken, a pop singer and former "American Idol" contestant, is also well known for his work on behalf of people with autism. He launched the Bubel Aiken Foundation, which focuses on helping children with disabilities.
  • Clay Aiken Undergo New Round of Attacks (Man alleges gay tryst with American Idol star)

    01/31/2006 8:18:28 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 43 replies · 2,236+ views
    Beavers on Idol ^ | 01/28/2006 | James Shepherd
    Clay Aiken and ClayNation Undergo New Round of Attacks by James Shepherd (2006/01/28) -------------------------------------------------------- There is nothing like a National Enquirer article to start a new tempest within the ClayNation. This is not the first time that the Enquirer has "picked on" Clay Aiken, but then, the Enquirer and other tabloids like to center on true celebrities because this is what gains them higher readership. Since Clay Aiken is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting and successful recording artists to have come out of American Idol, you really can not blame the Enquirer for doing its job well....
  • A Christmas Music Recommendation: Clay Aiken

    12/15/2004 8:55:30 PM PST · by GVnana · 93 replies · 2,433+ views
    vanity | 12/15/2004 | GVgirl
    Thank you, Clay Aiken for singing the clean, sweet spirit of Christmas. I never watched “American Idol” even when friends who knew I loved music would tell me, “You gotta hear this guy.” I couldn’t have cared less. I tuned out of popular music years ago. The entire genre had become too degraded. Clay Aiken may change all that for me, but back to Christmas. Aiken’s CD “Merry Christmas with Love” is the music your entire family can enjoy. You won’t find an over-the-top, joking or corny song in the entire batch. This is the real deal. His medley of...
  • NYT: The Big Voice of 'Idol' Gets Christmas Spirit --Clay Aiken, "mushy-ballad singer that ...."

    12/11/2004 7:23:11 AM PST · by OESY · 102 replies · 2,406+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 11, 2004 | KELEFA SANNEH
    Clay Aiken glided into the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night to give voice to a Christmas wish that we can all relate to: a world without flash photography. "Gimme a camera and I'll flash it at you," Mr. Aiken purred, smiling wide so no one could mistake his offer for a petulant threat. This was a night when theater ushers, too often hidden behind a drab facade of jacketed professionalism, got a chance to perform backup vocals for the guy onstage. As Mr. Aiken crooned "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," the ushers contributed a gruff basso...
  • ABC passes on Miss America (Network won't carry the show in 2005 after record low ratings this year)

    10/21/2004 3:09:25 PM PDT · by Unknown Freeper · 33 replies · 957+ views
    CNN Money ^ | 10/20/2004 | Reuters
    ABC television, which has hosted the annual beauty pageant telecast from Atlantic City, New Jersey, since 1997, has decided not to renew its option to carry the show in 2005, a network spokesman said. No further details were immediately available, including whether another television network would pick up the event.
  • Clay Aiken Named Best-Mannered Person

    12/16/2003 1:51:58 PM PST · by El Conservador · 8 replies · 177+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 16, 2003 | AP
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Clay Aiken, the North Carolina native who warbled his way to the runner-up spot on "American Idol," heads the list of the "Ten Best-Mannered People of 2003" as named by the National League of Junior Cotillions. The league, based in Charlotte, is an etiquette and social training program for young people in the United States. The list released Tuesday was its 12th annual. The league said it chose Aiken "for his example of humility and politeness." Talk show host Oprah Winfrey (news) came in second "for the warmth and kindness she extends her guests." Gen. Tommy Franks,...
  • CHARTS IDOLIZE CLAY - Clay Aiken Debut CD Blows Away Barbra Streisand's Latest

    10/24/2003 5:33:53 PM PDT · by L.N. Smithee · 5 replies · 258+ views
    E! Online ^ | October 24, 2003 | David Jenison
    We're guessing even Simon is speechless right about now. Five months after finishing runner up to Ruben Studdard on American Idol by just 1 percent, Clay Aiken has shown himself the biggest Idol of all where it counts--on the charts. Making A.I. sales history, the nerdy North Carolinian's Measure of a Man sold a whopping 613,000 copies last week, according to SoundScan numbers released Wednesday. No other Idol has sold even half that amount in a week. Last April, inaugural champ Kelly Clarkson (news) sold 297,000 of her debut disc, Thankful, to top the charts and Aiken spoiler Studdard sold...
  • Marine Joshua Gracin Retreats From 'American Idol' Live Tour; Clay Hits RS Cover!

    07/01/2003 1:12:00 PM PDT · by L.N. Smithee · 23 replies · 429+ views
    E! Online via Yahoo! News ^ | June 30, 2003 | Joal Ryan
    And then there were nine. The hot-ticket American Idol tour will be minus little-bit country, little-bit pop singer Joshua Gracin, it was announced Friday. Gracin was pulled from the lineup by his Uncle Sam, a harsh taskmaster also known as the U.S. Marines. The 22-year-old, a lance corporal with the 1st Force Service Support Group, was "unable to complete his required training in the allotted time," Major Curtis L. Hill said a statement. When the Idol tour was announced in May, word was the Marines had signed off on allowing its poster boy to return to active singing duty. "We...
  • Aiken, Studdard Storm Billboard Chart (Clay Aiken tops Billboard charts)

    06/18/2003 10:37:44 AM PDT · by ejdrapes · 9 replies · 355+ views
    Billboard ^ | June 18, 2003 | Fred Bronson
    Aiken, Studdard Storm Billboard Chart The top two "American Idol" contestants capture the top two spots on Billboard's Hot 100, as Clay Aiken's "This Is the Night" (RCA) debuts at No. 1 and Ruben Studdard's "Flying Without Wings" (J Records) opens at No. 2. It's the first time in the 45-year history of the Hot 100 that the top two positions are new entries. Aiken's "This Is the Night" is the first song to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 since 1998, and the first since chart rules were changed to allow airplay-only tracks to appear on the...
  • CLAY KNEW (American Idol Scandal of the Hour! Ooh! Aah!)

    05/23/2003 2:53:46 AM PDT · by Timesink · 85 replies · 663+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 23, 2003 | Michael Starr
    <p>Clay Aiken(l) was still smiling after Ruben Studdard was named the "Idol" winner.</p> <p>'AMERICAN IDOL 2" runner-up Clay Aiken already knew he had lost to Ruben Studdard at least five minutes before the decision was announced, show judge Simon Cowell said yesterday.</p>
  • Island of Misfit Idols

    05/21/2003 9:48:24 PM PDT · by I'm ALL Right! · 2 replies · 166+ views
    Every 20 years he makes it big!
  • LIVE THREAD: American Idol - May 19, 2003

    05/19/2003 4:04:15 PM PDT · by Howlin · 48 replies · 266+ views
    The thread for live comments during tonight's show!
  • Tuesday Night, American Idol

    05/13/2003 9:46:38 PM PDT · by merry10 · 108 replies · 546+ views
    self | May 13 2003 | merry10
    Tonight I thought Kimberly was great, Clay was masterful as always considering he pulled a difficult song to sing, and Ruben was all right. Also however Unchained Melody was arranged, it sounded sped up (excuse my grammar) so I thought Clay worked well with that. And how fun was Mack the Knife! What did everyone else think? MOderator, sorry if I post this in the wrong place.