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Clay Aiken Is Running for Congress With the Financial Support of Armistead Maupin

American Idol meet Tales of the City and our heads explode.

 

American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken was in San Francisco last night at a fundraising party held by novelist Armistead Maupin for the singer's bid for a North Carolina Congressional seat. Beth Spotswood has the hilarious writeup over at SFGate

So what did we learn?

Journalism is a really hard job that takes years of training to be able to do well: "Having read a plug for this event in Leah Garchick’s column, I begged to attend."

Celebrities—they're just like us: "Aiken is surprisingly normal."

He has actual policy chops: "Aiken’s speech to the crowd at Catch lasted 15 minutes without missing a beat on education, interest-free student loans, veterans support, his pre-Idol past working with disabled children, and why he’s seeking a seat in Congress now."

Former state Senator Carole Migden is still, well, she's still Carole Migden: As Spotswood was waiting her turn for a photo with Aiken, "Migden interrupted, announced she had to leave 4 seconds after arriving, and had her photo taken with Clay.

All interesting details, but we feel like Spotswood left out some important stuff:

Aiken won his primary race after his opponent died in the middle of it: Though, just before he did, "he had apparently planned to concede."

The North Carolina Second is a strong GOP district: The Cook Political Report puts the Republican's party registration advantage at +10, and points out that both Romney and McCain carried the district by big margins.

Aiken is getting clobbered in fundraising: Even the Washington Blade is complaining about it.

Ruben Stoddard's new album is available now: Just $15 gets you a CD and an autographed booklet!

 

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