Oh, Clay Aiken, are you a uniter or a divider?
To judge from the vigorous response to Alli Marshall‘s recent Xpress cover story on the American Idol runner-up, he’s a bit of both. He’s loved. He’s hated. Maybe he should be a politician …
So suggests Durham’s Independent Weekly, which has gone so far as to produce a faux campaign mailer for the young North Carolina native. (Click here to see and download a PDF of the mailer.) It posits an ‘08 Senate run by Aiken, and points out that while he received a total of some 120 million American Idol votes, Elizabeth Dole garnered a measly $1.2 million in her successful Senate run.
What’s more, the paper points out, Aiken will turn 30 on Nov. 30, 2008 — clearing the age hurdle just in time to serve in the Senate.
So, Claymates (and Clay-haters), could Aiken serve as North Carolina’s man in Washington?
— Jon Elliston, managing editor