By Shannon Carlin
North Carolina, you’re next congressman could be…Clay Aiken.
The American Idol runner-up officially announced yesterday (Feb. 4) that he is putting his entertainment career on hold to seek out the Democratic seat for Congress in his home state. The position is currently held by Rep. Renee Ellmers.
To accompany his announcement, Aiken released a video that has the singer detailing his childhood, talking openly about his escape from an abusive father that led him and his mother to seek refuge with a friend.
“I’ve been fortunate in my life, and if you only know the part of my story that starts with a golden ticket—something that still seems unbelievable to me even to this day—you might wonder what would qualify me to run,” Aiken says in the clip. “Well, it starts with a life I remember all to well. Mom working nights at Sears, clothes from the thrift store, Christmas’ where I might only get one small present but that would make it a present I would cherish.”