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Ellmers says Clay Aiken couldn’t win American Idol, let alone Congress

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers apparently isn’t worried about a potential challenge from Clay Aiken.

In a recent radio interview on WMAL radio in Washington, Ellmers said of her Democratic rival’s bid in the 2nd Congressional District: “Apparently his performing career isn’t going so well and he’s bored.” (Audio below.)

Aiken, who finished second on American Idol in 2003, is one of four candidates who are vying for a chance to run against Ellmers in November.

Ellmers isn’t impressed by her celebrity challenger. “As we know he doesn’t always fare all that well,” she said. “He was runner up.”

“Let me just get this clear,” the radio host said. “I want to make sure we have this right. You are saying that Clay Aiken couldn’t even win American Idol and his career is in the in the toilet, so that’s why he’s now desperately trying to get to Congress.

Ellmers responded, “Well, and you know, you can throw in there that he (couldn’t win on Celebrity Apprentice). ... So I guess the next step is Congress.

“I guess we don’t have a very high approval rating, so I guess the bar has been lowered for him.”

Listen to the full interview below. The Aiken remarks begin at 6:08.