Pop Culture Politics

I often say that political candidates can’t ignore culture, including pop culture, because they will appear out of touch if they only talk about wonky public policy stuff. Well there is a potential candidate for Congress in North Carolina’s 2nd District who won’t have any trouble appearing connected to popular culture.  The Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson has reported that “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is actively considering a bid for the seat. Johnson reports

Gay singer and “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is actively considering a bid to represent North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House, according to two Democratic sources familiar with his plans.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the 35-year-old Raleigh native has taken initial steps for a run, including consulting with political operatives in Washington, D.C., about a bid for the seat.

One Democratic source said Aiken  made phone calls to gauge support, talked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has met with figures in Raleigh, N.C., about a potential bid. Although it’s unclear when Aiken might formally announce a decision, the source said Aiken is “actively considering” it and “sounding and acting like a candidate.”

sounding and acting like a candidate.” Well that’s not what we are used to him sounding and acting like, is it?

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Clay Aiken in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Read Chris Johnson’s entire story here.

One Reply to “Pop Culture Politics”

  1. You’re going to take a picture of him in full costume and wig from the Broadway play and try to pass off the actor for a politician? Plenty of other politicians were once in entertainment. Ronald Reagan, Sonny Bono and Arnold Shwarzenegger to name a few. Arnold never showed up for work oiled up in his show briefs.

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