Get out your calendar! Find Friday, April 11, 2014 and put a big GOLD STAR on the space. It was a great day for Clay Aiken, the democratic party and the state of North Carolina!
The Cook Political Report changed their rating of the 2nd Congressional District in North Carolina. Yes…because of Clay Aiken and his excellent campaign, people are re-evaluating the up-coming election.
On Wednesday, April 9th, Clay sat down with David Wasserman who follows the Congressional races for The Cook Political Report. Wasserman found that Clay “was better-versed and more in-depth than plenty of state legislators” he had met.
The following e-mail from Gene Conti tells more about the importance of this rating.
Friends,We are excited to announce that the Cook Political Report just moved the NC 2nd Congressional District out of the “solid Republican” column. That’s because of Clay — and you.This is big news for our campaign. The Cook Political Report is a premier authority on congressional races. The New York Times called the Report “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative.”When they move a district from one column to another, it’s because they see significant changes in the dynamics of a race. It’s clear Clay has changed the dynamic here in our district.Yes, the Report acknowledged, the district has been “heavily gerrymandered” to help the incumbent. But it added:“In an hour-long interview in our offices, Aiken was not only polished and poised, but relaxed, free-wheeling, persuasive, and politically realistic. He spoke passionately and fluently on a range of issues, from trade promotion authority to No Child Left Behind to continuous coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.”The article’s author credited Clay for his “policy depth.” And he said, “those tempted to label Democrat and 2003 American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken a clueless celebrity wandering blindly onto the political scene should think again.”The experts are taking notice in Clay and our campaign. Will you give $10, $25, $50, or whatever amount you can afford today to help us carry our momentum forward?This campaign is going to continue to surprise the political establishment. Clay isn’t your typical candidate. He’s a true advocate for the people of the 2nd District, and he’s tough enough to take on Washington. With your help, we can win this election.Yours,Gene ContiSenior AdviserClay Aiken for North CarolinaPS – Chip in $10 today to help us win: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/5234590141888069632
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Craig Jarvis at the newsobserver.com – Under The Dome wrote a short article about Clay and the Cook Political Report. He said:
Daylight for Aiken comes after the Report sat down with him and came away impressed with his grasp of the issues, passion and sense of political realism.
You can read the entire article by Jarvis at newsobserver
So…a great day! It is exciting to see that because of preparation, hard work, and a deep interest in making a difference, Clay is being taken seriously.
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Congratulations to Clay Aiken!
You are prepared and have been working hard and listening to what the voters want.
I look forward to writing about Congressman, Clay Aiken!