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American Idol Clay Aiken denigrates political rival U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers in radio interview

Aiken, defeated by Ellmers in November, calls her a “bitch,” an “idiot,” and an “old snatch” on Howard Stern’s show

♦By Rich Shumate, editor

north-carolina mugRALEIGH (CFP) — American Idol Clay Aiken has publicly denigrated Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, who beat him handily for a North Carolina House seat last November.

U.S. House candidate Clay Aiken

U.S. House candidate Clay Aiken

In an April 27 interview with shockjock Howard Stern, Aiken called Ellmers a “bitch” and an “idiot. He also claimed that Ellmers had been “a condescending old snatch” during their campaign debate and that “her self-esteem is just in the floor, under the floor.”

Aiken was on Stern’s show to promote a documentary entitled The Runner-Up, airing on the Esquire Network, which chronicled his unsuccessful attempt to unseat Ellmers.

In response, Ellmer’s office released a statement saying Aiken’s “crude language and disrespectful demeanor towards the congresswoman has proven to the American people why he is a runner-up.”

Aiken, 36, shot to fame in 2003 when he came in second place on American Idol. Last year, he made his first bid for political office in the Tar Heel State’s 2nd District, located in and around Raleigh, trying to become the first openly gay person elected to Congress from the South.

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers

Ellmers beat him handily, 59 percent to 41 percent, in the GOP-leaning district.

Aiken’s campaign took a bizarre turn last May when the man he narrowly defeated in the Democratic primary, Keith Crisco, died from a fall less than a week after the vote.

Listen to Aiken’s comments on Ellmers, which begin about 1 hour 40 minutes into Stern’s show:

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