Candidate Clay Aiken Not Particularly Concerned About Gay Voters

Clay-AikenAt long last, America will soon have another opportunity to vote for Clay Aiken for something. But only if you live in his North Carolina district.

Clay’s running for the NC House of Representatives. Of course, he supports marriage equality. But that’s “not the issue I’m running on,” he tells Huffington Post.

So, what is the issue he’s running on? Singing “(Somewhere) Over the Rainbow” better than all other candidates? Also, economy, education, jobs, trade, the usual blah-blah-blah boilerplate politician stuff.

About the freedom to marry, Clay says, “It’s not an issue that’s really on the radar for most people in the second district of North Carolina. It’s not something that effects people’s daily lives.” This is kind of a dumb statement, and we can only assume he doesn’t really mean it. After all, a Protestant church just sued the state for violating its religious freedoms with the marriage ban.

So, does Clay really think that the second district of North Carolina doesn’t have any LGBT couples in love? Or does he just think that it doesn’t have enough of them for him to care about?

His chances of winning this election are not as remote as you might think. If he can make it through the primary (which is a big if), voters look to be generally favorable towards a Democratic candidate. His opponent is currently slamming his poor attendance record when he served on a committee to advocate for people with disabilities. For his part, Clay says that his attendance was never exactly required.

So if he survives this round of politicking, Clay could be hobnobbing over lunch with Al Franken, reminiscing with Jesse Ventura, and taking tea in a couple years with President Justin Bieber.

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  • mz.sam

    Like a true politician and not surprisingly determined to represent and win core GOP constituency of his home state and to take votes from the GOP frontrunner. In conclusion: all gay rights issues are shelved. Don’t feel gays in NC will be supporting his campaign. Also, Clay has removed all featured YouTube videos from his gay-friendly stint on Broadway’s Spamalot.

  • Tracy Pope

    I have no idea what his political views are (does anyone?) but
    “It’s not an issue that’s really on the radar for most people in the second district of North Carolina…” sounds like he wants to come across as concerned about the same things as the second district voters.


  • NomNomNom

    AmendmentOne is a settled issue. It will be up to the state to sort that out. He wants to win the seat so he can represent his constituents. No point going all one issue and not even getting a chance to advocate. He’s a smart man. We should be supporting him.

  • Davennc

    Fortunately for all of us, Bieber is Canadian and can’t be elected President! Please take him back Canada! Btw, being a resident of NC, yes it is something (marriage equality) that many people in NC want. It’s just unfortunate that only the old white men get out to vote in order to preserve their fast dissolving way of life by keeping the state government fully Republican controlled. Vote for change NC!

  • muscl954

    Am I the only one who thinks Clay Aiken looks like Tiny Tim in that photograph?

  • RayJacksonMs

    What a coincidence, the voters aren’t particularly concerned about voting for gay Clay Aiken.

  • RayJacksonMs

    @muscl954: You insult Tiny Tim.

  • Sweet Boy

    @Davennc: Sorry…Bieber is all yours, you guys made him famous, he built his career south of the border…he´s all for you to keep

  • Sweet Boy

    By the way…Clay who?

  • Cam


    Answering a question is hardly “going all one issue”.

    It’s a shame that apparently some democrats didn’t learn from 2010. They ran from the issues the voters cared about and voters stayed home. If Clay is just going to sound like a lite version of Lindsay Graham, then I don’t want him there. Outlining his positions on all the issues of the day is something every politician should be required to do.


    He does have to be cautious with his statements during the campaign, he is after all running in the South. The fact that an openly Gay man can actually wage a campaign and be considered a contender is something that most of us would have had a good laughing fit over ten years ago. We have come a long way and we need to fully support those who are out there and showing that being openly Gay does not exclude one from any position.

    And remember he still needs to retain the support of all those blue haired Grannies who still think he sings like an angel……… :p

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