Say What Now? Former 'American Idol' Contestant Clay Aiken is Running for Congress in North Carolina [Video]


Former American Idol contestant, Clay Aiken, has announced he’s running for Congress in North Carolina.

If he wins the Democratic primary, he’ll be challenging Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), who’s held the seat since 2010.

In his newly released campaign video, he explains why he’s decided to take such a drastic career change.

He highlights his working class roots, explaining how his mother protected him by distracting him with music, and the long nights she spent working at Sears to support their family.

Of course he nods to his former American Idol days, at one point in the clip saying:

“For most Americans, there are no golden tickets—at least not like the kind you see on TV.”

He then goes on to detail his experience as a special education teacher and his years spent working with UNICEF in places like Afghanistan and Somalia.

Check out his campaign video below. Do you think he has a chance?


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