Clay Aiken (NC-D) for US Senate - from the Weekly Independent

From this week's "Indy Week", a Clay Aiken ad announced his run for US Senate ad. Clay asks for your vote and for donations.

I know what you’re thinking: “Clay Aiken is too young to run for Senate.” But that’s not true. I turn 30 on Nov. 30,2008, which—according to Article 1, Section 3 of the U.S.
Constitution—means I can be a Senator if I want to be a Senator! Betcha didn’t know I was so smart, huh?
Let’s face it: I’m young, vibrant, energetic and popular.
I’m a proven vote getter: Sure, I respectfully and cheerfully lost American Idol, but—in route to a second place finish, the cover of Rolling Stone with my shirt seductively unbuttoned, and a debut album that topped the charts and sold 613,000 copies in its first week—I received more than
119,935,000 million votes. In 2002, Elizabeth Dole received 1,229,822 votes, which—if you’re keeping count at home—is a little more than 1 percent of my total votes. Now, she’s the 95th most powerful lawmaker in Senate. I continue to sell out arenas and state fairs. Thanks for trying, Liddy!

Now move along before I put my foot up your armrest.

I am more than the Measure of a Man. I should be the Senator of a State. Vote for me, please. I’m a registered Democrat, so send campaign contributions in my name to: Clay Aiken for Congress, c/o
N.C. Democratic Party,
220 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27603.

Is this a joke?

Jerry Meek has been told about this.

Clay is doing a concert tomorrow in Cary, as stated.

He is a registered Dem. His birthday is correctly stated.

It's on the page headed "MUSIC" where one might expect to see articles about upcoming events.

It is attributed totally to members of the Indy Week staff.

There is no registered Aiken for Congress (or Senate) committee. NCDP has no instructions what to do with checks in the mail for the committee.

Comments

This has got to be a joke.......

at least, I think it's funny.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Nope

Not funny. We already have a joke for a senator. Come to think of it, we have a joke for BOTH senators.
:)

It's a poorly photoshopped, badly planned joke.

And if I'm not mistaken, it would be illegal for the NCDP to accept campaign donations for a specific candidate. I don't know if it's the Indy trying to be funny, republicans thinking they can toy with our emotions, or God help us a Dem thinking they're making a point about Dole - but this is a set up. I suspect it's the Indy. It's an old picture of Clay, and I bet they thought of doing this at beer-thirty. It sure looks like it was put together then.

It would be funny, if I didn't know that there are thousands of "Claymates" (that's what they call themselves) out there who would swoon over this if they saw it, and would send checks to NCDP, in the name of Clay Aiken for Congress, which NCDP would have to refuse, because the Party can't accept money for one particular candidate.

And really - the Indy staff should get better at Photoshop Jeebus.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

He COULD beat Liddy

and that would be priceless.

Otherwise, will someone please step up and run against this woman?

Also, please someone run against Virginia Foxx and Pattie McHenry.

Of course he could.

And while we're at it, someone needs to run against Howard Coble, too.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Agreed.

I live in Coble's district and have been hoping for a good challenger for some time now. My understanding is that the party is waiting him out, thinking he'll retire before 2012, when his district might be redrawn.

Well I think that's too long to wait.

Coble is not as malignant as Foxx, but it would still be wonderful to be represented by a Democrat. Sixth District Dems don't seem to want to mount a challenge, though.

Why do you think the district might be redrawn in 2012?


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I am not 100% sure of course, but my guess would be.....

.... the 2010 census. Lots of folks becoming Tar Heels these days.

Why do you think the district might be redrawn in 2012?

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

D'oh!

Of course!

I should have thought of that. Let's hope that bunches and bunches of them are Dems. :-D


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Hmm...

Now move along before I put my foot up your armrest.

Something tells me he doesn't swing that way.

We gots phones out here in the east

And they are great for getting our left arms stronger...cranking them handles to get marge to talk to us.

Ma loves the party line still. Great gossip on it. We party lined with the local sycaitrist. great gossip on the line!

internet? whats that? something that streatches between two boats? Nets aint legal to use in the ocean. What u guys do in the west? stretch these nets between the banks when your fishin? Thats cheatin.. New you guys out west where dispicable folk. Glad you way out there with ur fancy phones and internets. We use dynamite to get the fishies to float on their bellies. easy fishin that way and dont need no cheatin net.

The internet?

It's a series of tubes. It starts in Alaska, and it was invented by Al Gore.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Al Gore did play a large part in the development of the

internet. As a congressman and senator he worried, prodded and cajoled the government into funding Arpanet, the precursor to the interent. That is vision that is sorely lacking in D.C. these days.

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

I know!

But it took Ted Stevens to explain it. :-D

And yes - that vision is sorely lacking in DC. At least, in most of our elected officials, that is. Now that Drama Queen and spouse are in DC, we can rest assured that there is at least some vision there.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Parmea, I've gots a cousin Marge from the Mou'ins

of Vuhginya. Clifton Forge. On the rayroad.

So, zat you callin' my cousin? 'Cause her man's been daid for quite some time . . . I think it'd be jess fine if she started a courtin' agin d'rec'ly.
 
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,
 
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

Been thru clifton

and on the tracks but did not see your cousin Marge! wish i could of met her. an east west liason would be good for th state. But virginian? come on, first have her move down a few miles to this here state!

According to Jerry Meek ....

... 3 people are considering a run at Dole. He wouldn't give any names, but none were described as "runnerup on a 'reality' show involving singing."
This is from a conference call this past Sunday. No word on an announcement date.

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

a question about aiken's stance...

...on defense.

anyone know his position on that whole "don't ask, don't tell" thing?

"...i feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up." --tom lehrer, january 1965

Don't think it matters, do you?

He does an awful lot for autistic children, though. He's a good man.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

of course it matters...

...here's just one reason why...

"...i feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up." --tom lehrer, january 1965

Since Aiken is not a real candidate

it doesn't matter what his opinion of "don't ask, don't tell is".


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

which is kind of a shame...

...it would be one of the great moments of advertising history to be able to truthfully use the slogan: "for a stronger, more powerful america-vote for clay aiken!"

"...i feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up." --tom lehrer, january 1965

No kidding!

My husband "sweeps" the message board for American Idol. I can tell you for certain - Clay would get out the vote like no one else. Except maybe Daughtry.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

We've been sweating and dodging lightning in Eastern NC

It's 1:15am, and I've got about an hour and a half worth of work to do before going to bed to wake up at 8am tomorrow, but let me see if I can add to the confusion.

While the ad is clearly a joke, I imagine that the nice folks at the Indy got Aiken's permission to run it. I believe Aiken has made public statements about his personal feelings on the subject of Elizabeth Dole.

I consider the Indy to be a progressive publication, and I don't know of anyone who would disagree. Its writers believe that people should be treated with respect, and that suffering should not be ignored.

It may be the case that Bob Geary (the writer of the parody ad) hoped that it would trigger some discussion and maybe put pressure on folks to step up to the plate. Or maybe they just needed some filler.

By the way, (and I trust I'm not outing him) I have seen Bob Geary at more than one Kissell fundraiser.

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Just cuz we love Bob Geary

doesn't mean we have to love everything he does.... and I thought the Aiken thing was funny....but it's the kind of funny you get when someone who isn't typically funny tries to be funny. Kinda like when I try to be funny...it turns out kinda lame. :) Not knocking Geary b/c he's da bomb! (Can anyone tell I'm spending too much time with my kids?)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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