Clay Aiken made a name for himself on American Idol, which launched him into a successful career as a singer and songwriter. Aiken has set that aside for now to challenge for a seat currently held by a North Carolina Republican.
Aiken began his political ad by telling viewers the part of his story not known by those whose insight into his life begins with his “golden ticket.” Aiken spent part of his young life living on a friend’s floor with his mother in order to avoid an abusive father.
He says he has become upset with politicians–including Rep. Renee Ellmers, his opponent–going to Washington and doing what they know is wrong because their national party tells them to. “I’m not a politician. I don’t ever want to be one, but I do want to help bring back — at least to my corner of North Carolina — the idea someone can go to Washington to represent all the people, whether they voted for you or not,” said Aiken.
His opponent says she is not frightened, pointing out that Aiken “doesn’t always fare that well. He was runner-up,” while ignoring the mountain of success with which Aiken has found himself blessed. Last year Ellmers, chairwoman of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee, called the Affordable Care act a “war on women” despite waging her own war on women in voting “nay” on the Violence Against Women Re-authorization act on February 28 of last year, and to prohibit the use of federal funds for planned parenthood on February 28.
As a former special education teacher, Aiken says that he will be a voice for the voiceless–including those Ellmers has failed.
Watch Aiken’s powerful ad below: