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Musician or politician: Clay Aiken announces his candidacy for US Congress

On Wednesday morning, February 5, 2014, former American Idol contestant Clay Akien released a video of his formal announcement: he will run for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District in North Carolina. Currently, this seat is held by Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers.

Clay Aiken
Clay Aiken
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Ellmers has already taken aim at Clay Aiken as rumors of his candidacy have spread like wildfires through the Tar Heel state of North Carolina.

WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall radio program:

"Apparently, his performing career is not going so well. He's very bored," Ellmers said. "I'll tell you, I'm a little hurt. I think he has an incredible voice and he's incredibly talent, and I'd rather have his support."

The hosts then asked Congresswoman Ellmers if she had voted for Aiken during his stint on the popular Fox reality show.

"As we know, he didn't really fare all that well. He was runner-up," she said. "He also didn't win on ['Celebrity Apprentice'].. so I guess the next step is Congress. You know, we don't have a very high approval rating so I guess the bar's been lowered for him."

In his announcement video, Aiken states:

"More families are struggling today than at any time in our history. And here in North Carolina, we've suffered more than our share of pain."

Aiken was the first runner-up on "American Idol" in 2003; later racking up six albums and appeared on Broadway and on reality television. His most noted voice in the politics came two years ago when he spoke out against North Carolina's constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage.

"I'm not a politician, and 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 that someone can go to Washington to represent all the people, whether they voted for you or not. Maybe we can play a small part in igniting that change across the rest of our country."

So what are your thoughts? Does fame automatically give you a bigger platform to work from or do singers and actors need to stay put In the entertainment industry and leave the politics to politicians?