#TaniaOnTheScene - After weeks of exploration and conversations with Democratic officials, “American Idol” alumnus Clay is running for Congress.
In a video released Wednesday, Aiken said he will seek the Democratic nomination to run against Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., in North Carolina’s second congressional district in the 2014 midterm election.
Aiken leaned on his hardscrabble upbringing in the video, noting that his star turn on the popular singing show was a far cry from his childhood with a single mother who’d fled his abusive father.
“I’ve been fortunate in my life. And if you only know the part of my story that begins with the golden ticket, something that still seems unbelievable to me even to this day, you might wonder what would qualify me to run,” he said.