American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina.
The crooner posted an introductory campaign video online yesterday, and it does a good job documenting his poor single-parent upbringing which was affected by his father's alcoholism and some domestic violence against his mother.
Aiken used the opportunity to go after Renee Ellmers, the two-term incumbent who won her seat in Congress in a recount victory over former Rep. Bob Etheridge back in 2010. She was reelected in 2012 with a 56-41 margin.
Here's the video:
Aiken will likely face three other well-funded Democrats in the race, but he will be one to watch. He clearly shows the ability to connect with an audience in this campaign ad. It will be interesting to see if he can do it on the campaign trail.