On the Talking About Politics blog by Democrat Gary Pearce and Republican Carter Wrenn (who have directed 11 successful statewide campaigns for governor, senator and president), Pearce explains why Clay Aiken for Congress makes sense:
Your first reaction was probably the same as mine. Clay Aiken? The singer? For Congress?
Then I met him. He’s the same person you meet in his announcement video. He’s smart, serious and genuine. He clearly has thought deeply about policy matters. He has a unique voice that is a breath of fresh air in a polluted political climate. And he has a genuine empathy for people that he has demonstrated as a YMCA counselor, a special education teacher, a foundation leader and a UNICEF representative overseas.
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He’s kind of like Opie Taylor would have turned out if he’d had a big voice. Except he’s tougher than he looks.
Republicans predictably pushed the rewind button on their political mud machine. The haters and the homophobes crept out of their Internet cellars. Have at it. Aiken’s campaign feeds off their fuel – and the public’s disgust with it.
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