Clay Aiken formally announced his candidacy for Congressman of North Carolina Wednesday, February 5. Fingers crossed he doesn’t become a runner-up once again. Aiken famously placed second in both American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice.
“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,” – Clay Aiken
Aiken threw his hat officially in the proverbial ring in a video he posted on YouTube. He stressed his upbringing by a single mom and his days as a special education teacher as to why he wants to serve in Congress for people who don’t have a voice. In 2006, President George W. Bush appointed Aiken to a presidential commissionfocused on people with intellectual disabilities. Undoubtedly, he’ll also push to lift the ban on gay marriage in North Carolina. Check out the clip below.