Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
February 11, 2016

Clay Aiken Preparing Congressional Bid in North Carolina

Clay Aiken

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images File Photo)

“American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is preparing to run for Congress as a Democrat in North Carolina’s 2nd District, multiple Democratic sources confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

But his candidacy is being met with skepticism by some Tar Heel State Democrats, who are holding out hope of making it a race in this Republican-leaning district.

Aiken, a Raleigh native, is looking to take on second-term GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers in the central North Carolina district, which President Barack Obama lost by 15 points in 2012. Raleigh-based WRAL reported Thursday that Aiken is building a campaign team and is expected to formally announce next month.

Democratic operatives said Aiken has met with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about the campaign. When asked, the DCCC declined to comment on whether any such meeting took place.

If Aiken gets into the race, some Democrats concede that his celebrity status would raise the profile of the race, which in turn could bring in resources. But will he be able to turn his name recognition into support?

“It’s a tough district; it’s a conservative-leaning district,” Democratic consultant Morgan Jackson said. “It’s a matter of can he tap into the base of folks who have been buying his albums for years?”

Former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco and attorney Houston Barnes, both Democrats, have already entered the race.

Democratic sources said Crisco, a 70-year-old businessman and former Asheboro city councilman who launched his campaign earlier this month, offers the kind of candidate profile that would give the party a shot there — and that an Aiken candidacy could hinder Crisco’s chances.

“It’s a tough seat to begin with, and [Aiken] would have problems getting someone to take him seriously,” one neutral North Carolina Democrat said of Aiken’s candidacy.

North Carolina’s 2nd District is rated a Safe Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Karen

    Renee Ellmers is a disaster. Hope she gets primaried.

  • vinwire

    I think it should go to Pee Wee Herman…..

  • AdmiralAkbarf

    Because our current elected officials aren’t disconnected enough from the lives of everyday people.

  • Vorant

    Totally laughable, but at least he’s seen a modicum of success, unlike Obumbles who never held a “real job”, nor showed any talent beyond reading a teleprompter. Just keep Clay out of the Capital’s men’s room……

  • DelawareTribe

    If North Carolina elects a Gay Democrat for Congress we’ll know it is truly Bizzarro World.

  • James Tanner

    Another puppet for the communists. He will make a good useful idiot.

  • caligula

    well we know who’s getting the candyass pillow biter vote.

  • kent

    He must have heard how he demacRATs are bending Americans over,got all excited!

  • teets

    “It’s a matter of can he tap into the base of folks who have been buying his albums for years?”

    so that gives him the under 16 female vote…wait, what’s the voting age again?

  • DeeDee

    He can carry a tune AND he’s gay? I’d say he’s a shoo-in…

  • caligula

    more sissified American politicians…

    this should have the iranians, chinese and russians quaking in their boots.

  • segeny

    If the dems have their way, they’ll lower it to six. Anyone under the thumb of the regime’s “educational system” will be eligible whether they can read or not — after all, the illegal invaders can’t read either and THEY vote.

  • SWDC

    Electronic voting has consequences

    Who made the electronic voting machine, who maintains the electronic voting machine, who programmed the electronic voting machine’s soft ware, and who counts the votes….

    The holes in the links of the chain alone should warrant attention and yet here we have some advocating texting in votes and on line voting …

    Remember when once upon a time We demanded those who vote to provide identification and we were even shown one poll worker voted six times and that is the one who bragged about it in Ohio, Recall folks?

  • GI Joe

    Go run for office in NY where they embrace Pinko socialism & stay out of red states. You can have your Occupy, wealth redistribution, stifling regulations, massive deficit spending, high taxes, Obozocare, and give all the money to the Unions, deadbeats, and the illegal aliens. Maybe its time for Civil War 2.0, the Red states can succeed from the Union and the Blue states can keep it.

  • rambo jones


  • fitzzz

    If Clay ran, he would be blown (no pun) out of the water
    This guy like Weiner likes/liked to share very intimate photos, and once they get out there, they stay out there

  • NCkhawk

    Is that the best the NC Dems can do? This could fun to watch.

  • Latino

    So Clay……You going to come out of the closet or what? just saying might be nice to start with honesty

  • rr_nyc

    No way Clay Aiken blows it! He is going to get ahead and stay on top of it. He is going ride it to the top!

  • rr_nyc

    Oh he is going to tap folks. Preferably young, hairless latino boys scared of the police.

  • Zornorph

    He came out ages ago.

  • Zornorph

    Meh – I don’t much like Elmers. I can’t imagine him winning in this seat, but if he did, he’d probably be one of the least objectionable Dems out there.

  • surfcitysocal

    I’m betting that North Carolina isn’t as stupid as California, New York and Minnesota which elect celebrities to public office just because they’re celebrities.

  • Tim

    I’ll support him if Aiken comes out in favor of the American worker and OPPOSES amnesty and mass immigration at a time when 90 million Americans are unemployed.

  • phunnypharm

    He came out with a photo of him and his son on the cover of “People” years ago.

  • phunnypharm

    The average Claymate is 65 years old. All 20 of them.

  • SofaKingCool1

    He should try Nancy Pelosi’s district…..

  • Robert Muir

    Just when I thought you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!

  • ash

    I heard he was a bottom, not a top.

  • lapin.grove

    LOL!! He is a total lightweight and mental midget!!

  • lapin.grove

    So that is who he reminds of…little old PEE WEE… LOL

  • ntvnyr30

    This will give glad-handing a whole new meaning!

  • Shannon Pendergrass

    Well I feel very sorry for any state that gets SHAFTED with that clueless fool!

  • TexanLovesNY

    Maybe Mr. Aiken can sing his speech on C-span.

  • frigu

    What’s Clayrissa Aiken’s platform going to be “we need more woman in congress and that’s why i’m running”.

  • Piquerish

    Of course … Prancing Demtard. Like Bonnie Fwank.

  • The_Pilgrim

    Bet he comes in second. He always does!

  • Glenn_in_IL

    “…can he tap into the base of folks who have been buying his albums for years?”

    All 9 of them?? Oh s**t, we’re doomed! How can even the strongest of republican candidates survive against such an onslaught of support?!

  • Barry Mole

    Miss Clay reminds me of Miss Lindsey Graham of SC. The pro-amnesty RINO southern belle of SC.

  • Barry Mole

    What about George Clooney?

  • MayaAyala

    Clay is only famous for coming in second place on American Idol, announcing that he was gay, placing second on Celebrity Apprentice and also spending a fortune on plastic surgery.

    I just don’t understand why anyone in that district would want him as their representative. Yes, he earned a degree in Special Education. However, he never actually USED the degree after he earned it.

    I can’t imagine why he thinks that he is qualified to represent a district that just doesn’t seem to reflect his views. How would he even represent the regular people in that district?

  • John Wright

    I doubt even a gay state would elect the makeup wearing sissy.

  • Pro_sanity

    I suspect the American Idol country would elect the American Idol personality. This has absolutely nothing to do with substance; after all, look who we elected President.

  • warman

    As superficial as Americans are today, he might win.

  • bobclaville

    Go for it Clay. Better get a good supply of “KY”. You’re gonna be busy, trying to get votes. You should really consider a move to CA, and running in THAN FRAN THISCO first.

  • avidreader

    My district – I voted for him on American Idol – I will campaign against him for Congress. What a joke!

  • RecoveringLiberal

    Probably funded by GLAAD.

  • RecoveringLiberal

    And a swish.

  • Dorothy M Raftery

    I’m 84 —Got my vote all the way!!!!!

  • RecoveringLiberal


  • Blandly Urbane

    I’m offended!!! That acronym is not inclusive enough. There have got to be at least another 15 letters or so that should be included.

  • Pastor Theo Kawimbe

    They’ll need to run a Blue Dog Dem in that district, or it’ll be handing the congressional seat it over to the GOP.

  • Blandly Urbane

    I can hear us racists and homophobes already. Think the media will use an updated template or stick with the same old?

  • Clover11111

    Did the music career tank?

  • Nikkie Owns

    A low talent singer from American idol who isn’t cutting it with a singing career.. maybe he can steal mo money as a democrat.. There’s plenty of them in Congress who can show him how to make big money as a congress crook

  • Mike Nowicki

    You can’t make this stuff up. He should run for President in 2016. ,Not knowing a damn thing about politics it worked for O’bama.

  • Kirk

    Running a gay guy in a Republican-leaning district. Just pencil in the GOP as a “win” in that district… need to spend any money there.


    Gddamn it,, all we nee is another fagitbag it ckskr in govt


    fk u ckskr

  • libnomore999

    Folks…remember this. Research it yourself. ANYbody elected to the House or Senate is *GUARANTEED* income for LIFE. Period. That doesn’t include under-the-table deals, etc., etc…… Running for the House is a MONEY thing…. He’s tanking in entertainment, so let the taxpayers fund his future… so many other Dems and RINOs….

  • mattnc

    And compared to Elmers, his qualifications are what….that he’s gay.

  • mattnc

    Yeah, I thought he had retired from singing and became a Prancercize instructor.

  • jnsesq

    Gay. Democrat. Kalifornistan. Done.

  • hueychief

    Why ?

  • johnsmith500

    So let me get this straight. He didn’t even win what he is supposedly good at, and came up short. Now he wants to be a legislator?
    Yep, these days, that’s among that job requirements along with being a radical leftist.

  • Dirk Digler

    This will not end well for Clay. He and his fans will blame his dismal failing on homophobia.

    Many others of us will simply laugh at what an absolute fool this self-important sissy has become…

  • ParkerShannon

    Aiken is running on the “honk the horn, up the bum” ticket.

  • Jeff

    Why doesn’t he just go after Barney Frank’s seat?….then he wouldn’t even have to run for Congress.

  • migtex1234

    Please don’t – we need less fools not more.

  • warman

    Him and Obama can go hang out at the bath houses together.

  • ceqf

    Thanks ! Now I can’t get that vision out of my head !!

  • Makka2000

    Dumb as a rock. Only running because he’s gay

  • Hammer007

    Please explain why you would vote for him.

  • Feebie

    Look, I can understand if Vegas didn’t work out for you, but that’s no reason to punish the citizens of North Carolina.

  • drparadox

    Barbeque from Western NC is awesome! So just like Eastern NC Barbeque their US Representative will suck too.

  • jnsesq

    It’s such a trendy qualification.

  • WBCarson

    Well he has the right to run if he wants.
    I guess he could do an ad with himself in a “onesy”, a cup of coco cradled in his tender hands….pajama boy style.

  • WBCarson

    Another “twink” for the communists.

  • xavier

    But pirate constituency.

    Cant we leave the sodomites to populate the courts?

  • xavier

    I was unaware that butter flavored Crisco was even supporting a candidate!

  • xavier

    Way cuter boys in NC

  • xavier

    And I thought that was a traash bag!!

  • mashman

    I hope he throws away a ton of money!

  • xavier

    Did you say he is famous for coming in the second place?

    SIR this in no pron site!

  • xavier

    they have gotten away with hacking the vote,
    Dont expect it to work ever again, it dan only spread down to dogcatcher now.

    When they lie to your face, that’s the last step before being buried in some cornfield wrapped in plastic and blankets.

  • johnnystorm

    Isn’t he Barry Manilow’s son? They kinda resemble each other.

  • Molto Lava

    Just kidding “Dorothy” is a middle aged gay man

  • ProudlyUnaffiliated

    The LGBT community in North Carolina ran Clay up the fagpole and he came out on top. He is up against hard odds but with Crisco in the race, there won’t be much friction. It a tough seat to begin with but Clay can tap the basest folks who are aching for a change.

  • xavier

    Only when he’s wearing a purple turtleneck

  • Molto Lava

    When he came out as a pervert, his music career disappeared

    Live and let your private life stay private

  • xavier

    i hear he’s willing to start out on the bottom

  • toohottohandle

    Good luck with that.

  • Ibulena

    Just how gay is NC?

  • obamathemarxist

    Who has been buying his albums? Certainly not conservatives in North Carolina, down here in the South we listen to George Jones, Hank Williams Sr, Hank Williams Jr. I guess I’m getting old because a lot of my favorite country stars are gone. Pajama Boi Aiken doesn’t stand a chance.

  • drparadox

    The eastern part… very….

  • ProudlyUnaffiliated

    Now that Barny Frank has retired, Clay will be the only one in Congress with a ManDate.

  • ProudlyUnaffiliated

    Does this imply he’ll queer the race?

  • rr_nyc

    He is riding on top……. come on man, work with me. Invest the intellectual time.

    Even bottoms can ride on top.

  • ObamaLIES!

    Oh please..another idiot in Congress???

  • Joseph

    Just another Libtard Commie who thinks he knows better than we do, what’s good for US.

  • Cahal the Mad™

    YAWN. Every liberal thinks they are qualified for public office just because they have some idiotic and insane agenda to force on everyone.

  • ash

    You’re right, I agree with you, Aiken’s definitely blows it.

  • frankr

    Pegged him for a COMMIE/MARXIST/SOCIALIST composite the minute I layed eyes on him!!!

  • frankr

    Rumor has it that oDUMBo assembled his version of a brain trust to consider business opportunities for when his term is up. Reliable sources tell us that oh intends to set up an umbrella corp, called DYK DYNASTY, LLC, and start rolling out franchises, the day he leaves office.

    Franchise concept calls for EZ DYK, FAST DYK, DYK ON A STICK, DYK TO GO & DYKS R US, the construct being built on the ‘IN & OUT, FAST’ convenience store model.

    Man Country, oh’s favorite GAY bath house, SLASH/HOOK UP hang out, outta Chicago, will be underwriting much of the initial startup costs.

    Stay tuned!


    “It’s a tough district; it’s a conservative-leaning district,” Democratic consultant Morgan Jackson said. “It’s a matter of can he tap into the base of folks who have been buying his albums for years?”
    This is known as the Hillary Clinton effect….no accomplishments, no policies pushed that actually helped every American, not just the 1% , horrible record as secretary of state and junior senator. She ran on her cheating,impeached husbands name….
    She too, is known for finishing in second place…just like Clay.

    The plan seems to be ,”Lets hope the people in this district disregard his agenda and vote for him on the fact he is Claymation”. And this country wonders why we are in so much trouble thanks to the gop establishment and the Democare party.
    I cant wait to see him defend Democare, to a group of people who just had their plans cancelled , thanks to the same policy he is defending.
    In fact , I can’t wait to see all Democare members defend the fact you cant keep your plan or your doc

    this is the typical political scam. hope you have name recognition, good or bad policies / ideas , don’t seem to matter…

    May I be so bold to ask what ideas/policy suggestions, he shares with voters from this district ? Not too many , to say the least. he is nothing but another useful idiot.

  • frankr

    Everybody needs to read this, about Hillary that she is praying STAYS HIDDEN:

    I would bet my little farm that if every American that intends on voting in the next Presidential election, read this,
    SHE WOULD LOSE BY A LANDSLIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Ohio just found out illegals voted as well. Let’s refresh…

    Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday that his office found 17 non-citizens illegally cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election — and has referred the case for possible prosecution.

    The alleged crime would be a notable case of voter fraud in a key swing state. By law, only American citizens are allowed the privilege of casting ballots for the nation’s leaders.

    I have a responsibility to uphold election law, and under both federal and state law you must be a citizen to vote,” said Husted, a Republican who has aggressively tried to investigate voter fraud cases in his state.

    Husted also found that 694 illegals remain on the voting rolls as of today. Originally it was thought only 274 illegals remain on the rolls. Now , it is up to 1500 plus and counting.

  • NCGirl29

    I live here and I won’t be voting for him. I like him and all but he should be a small town mayor or something first.

  • Charles H Jolly

    Clay has been convinced by other stupid Demroids that he should run for congress in the 2nd district of NC. People of the 2nd district, Are you not embarrassed?

  • EEDDGGY1776

    How low can the Democrat/Socialist Party set the bar? Gee, I wonder what his singular platform might be?

  • Cary6677

    мʏ ƈօ-աօʀĸ­­­­­­e­­­­­­ʀ’ѕ ѕт­­­­­­e­­­­­­ք-αυɴт мαĸ­­­­­­e­­­­­­ѕ $72 ­­­­­­e­­­­­­ʋ­­­­­­e­­­­­­ʀʏ нօυʀ օɴ тн­­­­­­e­­­­­­ ƈօмքυт­­­­­­e­­­­­­ʀ. ѕн­­­­­­e­­­­­­ нαѕ в­­­­­­e­­­­­­­­­­­­e­­­­­­ɴ աιтнօυт α ʝօв ғօʀ ѕ­­­­­­e­­­­­­ʋ­­­­­­e­­­­­­ɴ мօɴтнѕ вυт ʟαѕт мօɴтн н­­­­­­e­­­­­­ʀ քαʏƈн­­­­­­e­­­­­­ƈĸ աαѕ $1з041 ʝυѕт աօʀĸιɴɢ օɴ тн­­­­­­e­­­­­­ ƈօмքυт­­­­­­e­­­­­­ʀ ғօʀ α ғ­­­­­­e­­­­­­ա нօυʀѕ. ʟօօĸ н­­­­­­e­­­­­­ʀ­­­­­­e­­­­­­ fox800&#46com

  • frigu

    If the Republican in this race goes on the attack against Aiken, will the liberals on MSNBC start complaining about a war on women.

  • TimeBomb

    He and Barney’s Fwank to share notes and swap tips.

  • MayaAyala

    While that would be commendable, I still wouldn’t vote for him. The person he will run against ALREADY opposes amnesty, mass illegal immigration and Obamacare. Better yet: The person Aiken would face is opposed to most of the radical DNC party platform and its smugly audacious arrogance.

  • JWales

    he’d be as good a Dem as any of the other rubber stampers for the Dictator

  • John (magnum)

    Term limits !!

    NO more dem-wits !!

  • JWales

    key word is idiot

  • Jorja1234

    Aunt Bee for congress!

  • Prelusive007

    NC has its share of dumb azzes like every other state but I seriously don’t believe there are enough of them to vote that guy in.

  • Kenner

    ‘Aiken candidacy could hinder Crisco’s chances’. —the political headline of the year!

  • Kenner

    That would be a ‘friend of Dorothy’….

  • Bobby Cullari

    Never in N Carolina…
    Move to California for a sure win.

  • Smith Greg

    They will not elect a gay, Black voters are not what you would call gay supporters and the hillbillies are also anti-SIN.

  • VoodooChile2

    Just what we need another liberal idiot, gay activist in congress. N.C. I hope you are smarter than that.

  • ojfl

    In a district that the president lost by 15 points maybe it is better for Democrats to go for the star power rather than the ideas…

  • UteDB

    His campaign promise will be free KY to all North Carolinians.

  • labash

    Has a better chance winning the Ms. Norf Cackalacky Beauty Pageant.

  • Sagramore

    Isn’t this the boy who was forced to drink a bucket of urine in a public restaurant a couple of years ago? I must assume that he held a number of local offices after that tragic event. He probably served in the military after that. I suspect he obtained a degree in political science along the way. Maybe he interned in the State Department at some point and now he is ready to represent the people of his district. I’m sure he has a strong grasp of agricultural issues as well as banking and budget problems. He probably has detailed knowledge terrorism and how that relates to high risk sites in NC. I’m certain he is familiar with commerce and international laws that concern large scale businesses in the state. Of course his grasp of criminal law and the courts is beyond reproach. I have no doubt that in these times of out of control spending, new health care issues, foreign wars and constricting work force issues that there is no one more qualified to represent the people of North Carolina than a young pop singer. I wonder if he has an ideological reason for wanting the reigns of power?

  • Equality7-2521

    That sure is one homely woman…

  • OldSalt48

    Another “GAY BLADE”…Democrat !

  • Hawk483

    Really going to vote for him?

  • Thor Williams

    So other than singing and loving men, he is qualified to serve how?

  • BarackForceTrauma

    Is the south really ready for Senator Gay Aiken?

  • Zornorph

    Clay Aikin’s primary area of interest is special needs children and he has a degree in Education. If he were somehow elected, I expect you’d see him have a big focus in that area, but he’s far from dumb. I’m GOP, but he’s probably smarter than Elmers if you want to know the truth.

  • tcp53

    Well, America can rest assured that Barry Obama will be “behind” Mr. Aiken……

  • rick charles

    Shouldn’t it have to run in San Francisco?

  • Gary Johns

    Free fruitcake for all voters…

  • Gary Johns

    Ask Barney Frank. And he only had one of those qualifications…

  • Guest

    Run, I dare you.

  • onetrickpony

    What’s his platform? Probably gay driven.

  • Guest

    The GLAAD Party candidate may lose but there could be a gay federal judge ready overturn the election so the people of NC will on the right side of history..blah, blah, blah.

  • DriveMonkeyDrive

    Instead of handing out bumper stickers is he going to hand out condoms instead?

  • Rowwdy Colt

    This little !!! doesn’t stand a chance. He will ‘try’ to use his gay status to get elected. Actually, he is already a dimwit joke here.

  • Rowwdy Colt

    If he had plastic surgery, it is a failure.

  • Rowwdy Colt

    You would probably win that bet. However, the illegals that have been flooding in will cause a problem. Many have been caught trying to vote. All of whom were registered democrats.

    One of the reasons so many are getting registered is; they sign up for ANY social services and do it through mail, they are sent voter registration applications. No ID or birth certificate required, no checking. Mail the application back and bingo….you get a registered voter card. The socialists at work.

  • Rowwdy Colt


  • Elaine Farrell

    It’s a matter of whether they think they have enough phony or dead voters registered to win…

  • nightsong

    Why would a young, smart, and successful singer suddenly want to go into politics, and especially at that level?

  • ThisIs84

    Oh, great.

  • Ward Howard

    I just threw-up in my mouth a little.

  • Salvador_Chromo

    Seriously a conservative leaning district in North Carolina. Atkins has a better shoot of reuniting the group Menudo for a comeback tour.

  • ralphie44

    SC has the gay republicrat, and NC can have the gay Demublican.
    Both can run on family values.

  • The Vegan

    Just what we need in congress, another gay blade.

  • Craggy old conservative

    This young gay caballero would stand a better chance to win in San Fran or NY city. There are swarms of queers and drag queens in those locations that would vote for him.

  • bill1942

    Just what we need – another fairey in Washington

  • scout02

    Are there any Blue Dog Dems left?

  • Michael Muetzel

    Good for him! This will create a huge voluntary cash stream into the district for printing jobs, t-shirts, buttons, hotels/motels, it’s wonderful! Translation – waste of time and $.

  • somehistorian

    He would make a great Dembagger or Demgagger…..take your pick.

  • Pork eatin’ infidel

    Agreed. But it’s the folks moving into here from their previously screwed up states, that are bringing their voting habits with them….

  • Logic Driven Conservative

    “Yeah, I was bored last Tuesday, so I thought, why not do Congress for a while.”

    So much depth, such experience & expertise to offer—a homosexual who can sing. North Carolina must just be thrilled with such a Politically Correct candidate, right?


  • Jerry Cummings

    Raised in a conservative-leaning district and he still turns out a Dem. Maybe he will be a blue dog Dem.

  • truthtelleruno

    clay is gonna RUN? BULLSPIT, he will be prancing! Wonder if he’ll wear his azzless chaps?

  • eastcoastlib

    This is good news for Ms. Lindsey Graham.


    Hey what about repubes, they don’t have the same retirement system? Or are u sugesting that repubes are just above money and simply plain good old folk.

  • The Man from Scene 24

    His qualification? He’s gay, and that will be enough for the lemmings.

  • Mya View

    Aiken doesn’t have a chance in h e l l. This must be his new way of drawing attention to himself before releasing a new album. Just a new marketing slant by using other people’s money to get him there.

  • potusWORTHLESS

    That is all AMERICA needs! Another fubbed duck homosexual democrat!

  • Condensate

    Clay Aiken? Don’t we already have our quota of vacuous imbeciles in government??

  • Mark Kittering

    I know, that dolt has no idea what he stands for.

  • Lobster01

    HaHa that is some funny stuff, the dems are down to the Clay Aikens types.

  • SWDC

    And Boehner has done nothing about voter fraud in Ohio even. Interesting

    Do recall Boehner hired McCain’s illegal immigrant advocate rather than hiring personal who want to help Americans and legal US immigrants get back to work and become gainfully employed …

    Examples: ‘Ohio Syrians say they’re ‘doing what we can’ to help’ USA Today September 5, 2013

    ‘Girl wounded in Syria finds care, caring in Ohio’ June 10, 2013

    Better wake up USA

  • zagnut64

    Amazing what passes for celebrity status. Proof that even turds float to the top.

  • Elaphas Maximus

    So the democrat pigs are hoping that Aiken will lean on his album sales to get the seat? Okay, North Carolina – surely you aren’t that far gone yet.

  • Katherine McChesney

    What a joke.

  • WillinSC

    I will forever lose respect for NC and the raleigh area if he wins

  • drobinson117

    He’s not smart enough to represent North Carolina as either a Democrat or Republican. Don’t be fooled by WRAL’s foaming at the mouth and fawning over a celebrity Democrat. He’s just doing it for the financial security of a House position.

  • BenTravis

    What in the world could this guy add to the betterment of North Carolina ?

  • Bipper

    Clay, Monica Lewinski just called and left a message…”Make sure you Scotchgard all your dresses.”

  • Game On

    He is gay. That is the only qualification the liberals require these days.

  • RetiredBob

    eastcoastlib…you sure sound like a homophobe. Are you proud of yourself?

  • eastcoastlib

    Oh, good lord, grab the smellin’ salts and fan Bob right quick. I do believe he’s gettin’ the vapors bless his heart.

    I’m only pointing out that Mr. Aiken would hardly be only southern belle at the ball if you know what I mean.

  • zl28

    The typical disgusting democrat.

  • a_hick_in_hixville

    He will most certainly lose running in NC. I doubt he could win even in Asheville.

  • Stephen

    False. Easy to research that this isn’t true.

  • jasonm1980

    I don’t know about that. There are a lot of fringe left wing lunatics in Asheville who migated from blue state cesspools. Probaly enough to vote him in as mayor of Asheville but he wouldn’t win Mark Meadows’ congressional seat.

  • Guest

    Please run, it will be a great opportunity to describe the homosexual lifestyle when it may really apply.

  • Guest

    The only way she can win is if ds hijack her friendly manilow presentation, while they go on rino safari. That is how they have always succeeded.

  • Steve D’Agostino

    Run, Clay, run! Ellmers will mop the floor with you! That part of our fair city is solidly red, anyway…

  • 1952rmdg

    Anyone who cares about the future of the USA should realize that Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, Cole, etc., are just tools of the corporatist plutocracy that runs Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and the major corporations who are salivating at the thought of passing this “comprehensive immigration” bill with its provisions for amnesty, increased H-1B visas, and significantly higher legal immigration quotas. This is the “cheap labor” lobby that is paying these Republicans to do their bidding–pass this law in one form or another, and straddle the American people with millions more legal immigrants who will drive down wages and raise unemployment levels for decades while the corporations get all the cheap labor they want, and the US taxpayer will foot the bill for the social services, including health care, that these mostly poor and/or mostly poorly educated immigrants will receive while American workers face chronic unemployment and wage stagnation–yet are subjected to higher taxes to pay for these services. Corporations and the wealthy, including Congresspeople, benefit while the rest of us suffer.

  • Norman Bates

    Clay’s #1 focus has always been on education and inclusion. He has been the Unicef Ambassador of Education World Wide since 2004. He was a Special Ed teacher before fame. He founded The National Inclusion Project in 2003 to provide funds and training to promote Inclusion for all children in classrooms and recreation. He has a school aged son and is very concerned about the dismantling of decades of progress in the School system particularly in North Carolina. He was on President Bush’s Committee to Help Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. Oh yeah, he’s also gay.

  • 1952rmdg

    Unfortunately, that’s not likely the happen–the DEMS own the amnesty/open border’s agenda (aided and abetted by the corporatist plutocracy and their GOP flukies in Congress like Boehner et al.) The Dems want a 3rd world country where there’s one party, the Democrat Party. If you don’t think so, just look at how Cuomo is treating conservatives in NY State–the party of “tolerance” is showing that it is anything but tolerant to those who disagree with its political agenda.

  • Ibulena

    Had no idea. Wonder why you got two negative arrows. Maybe they live in the eastern part.

  • APlack1960

    мʏ ɴ­­­­­­e­­­­­­ιɢнвօʀ’ѕ ­­­­­­e­­­­­­х-աιғ­­­­­­e­­­­­­ мαĸ­­­­­­e­­­­­­ѕ $82 нօυʀʟʏ օɴ тн­­­­­­e­­­­­­ ƈօмքυт­­­­­­e­­­­­­ʀ. ѕн­­­­­­e­­­­­­ нαѕ в­­­­­­e­­­­­­­­­­­­e­­­­­­ɴ ғιʀ­­­­­­e­­­­­­ɖ ғօʀ ɴιɴ­­­­­­e­­­­­­ мօɴтнѕ вυт ʟαѕт мօɴтн н­­­­­­e­­­­­­ʀ քαʏƈн­­­­­­e­­­­­­ƈĸ աαѕ $15909 ʝυѕт աօʀĸιɴɢ օɴ тн­­­­­­e­­­­­­ ƈօмքυт­­­­­­e­­­­­­ʀ ғօʀ α ғ­­­­­­e­­­­­­ա нօυʀѕ. ιмքօʀтαɴт ѕιт­­­­­­e­­­­­­ fox800&#46com

  • drparadox

    Most likely… but if the down votes are from eastern NC liberals, it was kind of stupid for them to vote my comment down. They should agree with it.


    well stated

  • AnthonyLook

    Every citizen has a right to run or any public office. He may be the bridge of civility and common ground needed in NC. Let’s hear him out.

  • Lilly Peace

    He has to ‘tap into the people who buy his music’? This is now a qualification for a political person? This world is so sick. I am sure he will make a great Communist for the Oblunda Administration. Soon he will be quoting from the quran too along with Hitlary!

  • RetiredBob

    eastcoastlib…snarky comments are so unbecoming for a hypocrite such as yourself. I don’t need your smellin’ salts or your fanning. No vapors here, just calling out hypocritical homophobia on your part.
    What business of yours is the sexual orientation of Sen Graham (of South Carolina, not North Carolina, by the way)? Why do you feel the need to address Sen Graham with the feminine honorific? Does it make you feel more manly and tough? What kind of stereotyping are you doing? I wonder what you would say if a tea partier made a comment like yours about public figure whose sexual orientation is questionable?

  • Joe Blow

    Maybe he thinks he will “change North Carolina” like Obama promised to “fundamentally change America”.

  • PeterP

    Aiken couldn’t beat Ruben Stoddard. He’s no threat.

  • Willys

    Banking on his runner-up in American Idol tells us everything we need to know about Clay Aiken.

  • ralph_wiggam

    Exactly, like who would be so stupid to elect someone, say, like an actor to high office. What a ridiculous notion. Imagine that, an actor from California becoming President of the United States.

    Now that would be unthinkable.

  • Dano481971

    You do realize, state officials run elections, not federal officials. John Boehner is the Speaker of the House, he has nothing to do with enforcing voter laws in elections. That falls on the state officials. Even if a federal election law is broken, it is handled by the Justice Department, of which John Boehner has no control.

  • SWDC

    Enigma WWII taught US anything man made can be hacked and will fail.

    Learn more about Enigma at Polishgreatness

    Anyone who advocates electronic voting well again read history and fyi run a malware scan on your computer too you know the computer that is protected from maleware with a security plan you paid for too.


    1% of the country has a net worth of 1 million dollars or more.
    62% of the members of Congress have a net worth of 1 million dollars or more.
    Something stinks here….it is very obvious when guys like Rahm Emmanuel walk in to congress with a net worth of 200,000 and leaves 20 years later with a net worth of 26 million dollars.
    Insider trading ,corp cronyism, waste , fraud and corruption fatten the wallets of these members of congress , while draining our wallets , all at the same time.

  • Dusty Thompson

    Being a “Democrat” removes ANY possibility of him being “intelligent”…

  • FrancisChalk

    I don’t have a clue who Clay Aiken is, and as per a Monty Python skit, “The only thing worse than NOT knowing who Clay Aiken is . . . . . . is KNOWING who Clay Aiken is.”

  • Wally Wingert

    I predict he won’t win the race for Congress, but will be a runner-up.

  • View From The Left

    Creating a straw-man argument about what Clay Aiken is “banking” on if he runs for Congress tells us everything we need to know about you.

Sign In

Forgot password?



Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...