American Idol star Clay Aiken to run for Congress again in North Carolina
If you are unsuccessful at first, try again eight years later.
Singer-songwriter Clay Aiken, best known for coming second on “American Idol” nearly two decades ago, announced Monday that he would run for Congress as a Democrat for the second time after being beaten down in a House race in 2014.
In a video announcing his candidacy posted on his Twitter account, Aiken told potential voters that “my life these days is a lot more like yours than Justin Bieber’s, I can promise you.”
“But one thing that has never changed for me is how much I love my home country,” Aiken added. “North Carolina is where I first found out that I had a voice and that it was a voice that could be used for more than singing. “
Aiken, 43, is looking to replace Representative David Price, a Democrat who announced his retirement in October, in the redesigned 6th Congressional District, which includes Chapel Hill.
In his announcement video, Aiken noted that North Carolina “was actually the progressive beacon of the South” at one point.
“But then things changed and the progressives lost power, and we started to adopt backward policies, like the voter suppression bills and the fanatic toilet bill,” he said. he declares.
But now the “loudest voices” in North Carolina are “white nationalists like this guy,” Aiken said, showing a video clip of Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn speaking at the pro-Trump “Stop the” rally. Steal “shortly before the Capitol riot.
Aiken then posted photos of Republican officials. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, saying, “These people are taking all the oxygen in the room and I have to tell you, I’m sick of it.
“As Democrats we have to improve ourselves at speaking and using our voices because these people are not going to calm down anytime soon,” the Raleigh native said.
On his campaign site, Aiken said he would campaign on inclusion, income equality, universal access to health care and tackling climate change. He also vowed to bring civility back to politics, saying, “As my mother taught me, ‘You can disagree without being obnoxious.’ “
“North Carolinians are worried about affordable health care and rapid inflation. They worry about their retirement savings and are frustrated with overcrowded highways and infrastructure that have not kept up with our rapid growth, ”he said on the site. “These are the questions that matter, and these are the questions I will be focusing on in Congress. “
Aiken had previously sought to represent North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District, losing to Republican Renee Elmers in 2014 by more than 17 percentage points.