Aiken said Wednesday he’ll seek the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Rep. Renee Ellmers.
Aiken has been a special education teacher in Wake County. He says he decided to put his entertainment career on hold and seek to represent the state’s 2nd Congressional District.
He says he considers Washington to be dysfunctional and will focus on jobs and the economy and the importance of education.
What entertainment career? Meanwhile, this wealthy Democrat plans to be a voice for the powerless.
He lives in a $2 million home he had built in a rural corner of the 2nd Congressional District near the Wake, Durham and Chatham county lines.
Certainly this will be an uphill battle in North Carolina, where Democrats face a bloodbath this year.
But it has already become an issue in the election. Ellmers’ campaign staff on Tuesday sized up the potential Democratic field this way:
“It speaks volumes to the state of the N.C. Democratic Party that the primary is shaping up to be a choice between the failed Perdue Administration’s Keith Crisco, a lawyer who doesn’t even live in the district, an activist who’s own party rejected her in the last democrat primary – and Aiken, a performer whose political views more closely resemble those of San Francisco than Sanford,” spokeswoman Jessica Wood wrote in an email. “Renee best represents the values of the voters in the 2nd District and remains focused on fighting for their families.”