Clay Aiken, Running for Congress, Bashed as Representing San Francisco

Categories: LGBT, Politics
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Not a San Franciscan. Sorry. 
Forgotten, if not repressed, memories of water-cooler sessions of yore occasionally break free and float to the surface. These are bizarre, ethereal recollections of colleagues discussing Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard performing "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" on national television and in front of a live audience; pandemonium and a hurried evacuation of the theater did not occur. It was 2003. It was a different time. 

These are the things you think about when Aiken's voice is warbling over the soundsystem at the Walgreen's. And, then, they're just as quickly forgotten once more. 

This time, however, they've been exhumed more violently as Aiken, the onetime American Idol runner-up, has announced he'll try to finish one place higher in a North Carolina Congressional run. And, in a move that insults just about everyone there is to insult, Republican incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers assailed the openly gay singer's San Francisco values. 


Neanderthal-level political messaging, like most Neanderthal-level endeavors, is unattractive. When Ellmers' spokeswoman wrote -- yes, in writing -- that Aiken's "political views more closely resemble those of San Francisco than Sanford," it's a safe bet she's not talking about his views on pedestrian safety

Translated from the native Neanderthal: He's gay, gay, gay. 

But, with all due respect to Aiken -- please don't make him our problem. San Francisco is still reeling from its unwanted association with Train.

There are more than a few gay musicians out there, regardless of whether a traveling production of South Pacific is heading through town. Any town. This kind of gay-baiting is as unimaginative and lazy as it is reactionary. 

San Francisco is a city in flux. It's hard to say what San Francisco is anymore, and the term "San Francisco values" has long been wielded as a cudgel by those who'd profess to speak for everyone. 

This is a difficult place to encapsulate. But, this much is true: This ain't a Clay Aiken kind of town. 

That said, best of luck to the man. He's always welcome to visit. And fund-raise.  



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Steve Tidd
Steve Tidd

The only thing that's Aiken is Clays' ass.

Hiram Rodriguez
Hiram Rodriguez

Makes shitloads of money? Check! Lives in a condo? Check? Tweets? Check! Is as gay as the grass is green? Check! Yep...he can represent us.

Jonathan Lucero
Jonathan Lucero

He will always have san francisco values whatever he does

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

We DO NOT want him here is San Francisco!!!!

Kitty Lowrance
Kitty Lowrance

He's running in my district in North Carolina, and believe me, he'd be better than the conservative who's in that seat right now. I'd be happy to have him "represent San Francisco" in NC!

Merle DeVault
Merle DeVault

In modern America the only currency that matters is celebrity.

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