- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 6, 2014

Clay Aiken, the American Idol runner-up turned congressional candidate, says he is puzzled by Rep. Renee Ellmers campaign’s suggestion that he is more ideologically aligned with the voters of San Francisco than the North Carolinians that call the 2nd Congressional District home.

The Ellmers campaign welcomed Mr. Aiken to the race this week by calling him “a performer whose political views more closely resemble those of San Francisco than Sanford.”

“Renee best represents the values of the voters in the 2nd District and remains focused on fighting for their families,” said Ellmers spokesperson Jessica Wood.

Mr. Aiken, who is openly gay and has a partner and young son, said on on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” that he is not sure “what San Francisco vales means - especially considering entertainment is in Los Angeles.”

“If you were going to shoot me for entertainment, you’d say L.A., but I don’t think that’s what she meant by San Francisco,” the 35-year-old pop singer said. “The bottom line is we are not running on Hollywood values, entertainment values.”

Mr. Aiken said his campaign is focused on jobs, education, the economy and veterans’ issues.

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