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American Idol star Clay Aiken launches Congress bid

Published on Feb 6, 2014 5:55 AM
 
Singer Clay Aiken, an "American Idol" finalist performs onstage at the 31st annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California on Nov 16, 2003. American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken declared on Wednesday he is running for Congress, putting his singing career on hold as he aims to unseat a Republican from her North Carolina district. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken declared on Wednesday he is running for Congress, putting his singing career on hold as he aims to unseat a Republican from her North Carolina district.

Aiken said he would run as a Democrat against two-term congresswoman Renee Ellmers because he believes she is voting against her constituents' interests in the House of Representatives.

"This is what's wrong with Washington," Aiken said in a nearly five-minute video, where he highlighted his upbringing by a single mom and his experience as a special education teacher.

"That a congresswoman would go and vote against the best interests of North Carolina military families and those who depend on the military for their jobs," he said, adding that Ellmers voted to shut down the government at the bequest of her party leaders.

 
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