Clay Aiken – An Important Endorsement



INDY WEEK is a large and active news source in the Triangle area of North Carolina.  It lists the cities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham, and Chapel Hill  in its internet banner.

Today, INDY WEEK published their endorsements for the up-coming election on November 4th.  It is with excitement that I can report that they are endorsing Clay Aiken for The House of Representatives-District 2.

The following is from INDY WEEK.

Our endorsements for the 2014 general election 

The mute button on my remote control is nearly worn out. My home mailbox runneth over with glossy campaign mailers. My email inbox overfloweth with subject lines like: “Please help us, Lisa,” and “Listen, I’m urging you.”

The INDY‘s endorsements are a way to cut through the noise, to read analyses of races that keep the greater good in mind. The process works like this: The news staff sends questionnaires to the candidates and conduct background research on them, including political experience, voting record, other endorsements and criminal background checks.

After we receive the completed questionnaires, the news staff discusses the pros and cons of each candidate. We judge the candidates on several criteria: experience, intelligence and their commitment to making the Triangle a more just and progressive place to live.

Then we vote on whom to endorse. Each news reporter writes a set of endorsements; however, these stories are not bylined because the endorsements represent the opinion of the INDYas an institution.

A quick note: Last month we held two candidates’ forums, which substituted for questionnaires in those races: In Wake County, commissioners in Districts 1, 2, 3 and 7; N.C. House 40 and 41; and State Senate 16 and 17. In Orange County, the forum featured commissioners’ candidates in District 1, plus N.C. 23, House 50 and House 56.

As to who is giving how much to whom, campaign finance reports for the third quarter aren’t due until Oct. 27, a little over a week before Election Day. We’ll blog the reports—sometimes they take a while for the boards of election to process them—that week…

U.S. House, District 2

Renee Ellmers is a problem. The hawkish, self-described Tea Party Republican g is committed to repealing Obamacare, rolling back women’s rights and deploying the young men and women of Fort Bragg to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. She is an NRA-endorsed Islamophobe, and while the rest of her party cedes gay marriage as inevitable, just two weeks ago she held fast to the now-outdated “one man and one woman” talking point.

Congress is gridlocked and ethically compromised. Washington is filled with freshmen Representatives who show up with big dreams to accomplish something but are quickly ground down by the quid pro quo machinery. Clay Aiken seems to understand this and to have really thought about it—perhaps there is a chance that this knowledge will vaccinate him from the seemingly inevitable. Aiken has built his campaign on his desire to not just become another rank-and-file Democrat; with no ambitions as a career politician, perhaps he can remain independent of the party apparatus and beholden only to his constituents.

If anyone can do it, Aiken can. He already has a name and a fortune. He seems to view political office as a form of public service, not a job. This gives him a leg up on many other House Democrats. His nuanced and humane positions would also be a breath of fresh air in a room of dull Democrats. Aiken supports the Earned Income Tax Credit, a higher minimum wage, and has been out front on workers’ rights, venturing out to rural Tar Heel, N.C. to meet with a union attempting to get representation in their poultry plant. He understands that the Affordable Care Act has issues, but is for tweaking it rather than repealing. As a high net worth individual, he understands that the one percent have to pay their fair share and shouldn’t get special tax breaks. Aiken also gets disability advocacy. His non-profit National Inclusion Project is at the forefront of disability issues, bypassing many older nonprofits, as it seeks to integrate the disabled with the non-disabled. With his heartfelt, earnest Progressivism, forged in personal experience, Aiken would be a unique and welcome addition in the Democratic Party and the House of Representatives.

You can read the entire list of endorsements at INDYWEEK

Congratulations to Clay Aiken!!  This is wonderful!!

Lets make sure we  share this great news on Facebook and Twitter.



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5 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – An Important Endorsement

  1. Congrats to Clay. Of course I am not surprised as you will make an amazing Representative

    Thank you, music fan for keeping us informed.

  2. All the details seem to be falling into place as Clay’s campaign nears its end. I believe the people of District 2 are now understanding who Clay is personally, how well-versed in Congressional matters he is, and his passion for his constituents. Clay is totally transparent. What you see is what you get. And what you get will be a truly remarkable spokesperson for North Carolina!

  3. So happy to see the support Clay is getting from Indy Week. They 'hit the nail on the head' in this article.

  4. Nice to see that Indy Week…gets Clay!!!!! The answer is so obvious. Go with the one who will work the best for the people of the district. That is Clay…Hands Down!!!!!

    GO CLAY GO!!!!

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