NC-02: Clay’s Child Support. Renee’s Indignance. (Welcome to The Great Debate Pre-Game Show.)

mouthWe’ve got a political debate that’s sure to draw a lot of media attention here in town Monday night.

I really hate using something like RadarOnline as a source.  But, hey, wasn’t it The National Enquirer that busted wide open the story on John Edwards and his baby-mama? We use The N&O here, so I guess it’s OK to use The Enquirer and Radar.  They have a better rep than most McClatchy rags. 

This summer, Radar published a story about just how Clay is supporting himself financially: 

Clay Aiken is really hoping to win the Congressional seat in North Carolina this fall, and not just because he wants to serve his country. has learned that he could use the paycheck because the only other steady source of income the former American Idol contestant collects each month is the child support payment from his baby mama, Jaymes Foster, sister of mega record producer, David.

Even though Jaymes has primary custody of her five-year-old-son with Aiken, Parker, “Clay crying babyis given a substantial amount of child support from her,” an insider revealed. “The basis for the child support payment — which is more than $7,500 a month — is that Jaymes is raising Parker in a very luxurious lifestyle, therefore, Clay needs to be able to maintain and provide that for his son also. So, mommy pays for that.”

Now, “Jaymes is hoping that Clay wins his bid to become a Congressman so she could petition the Court to reduce his child support payments,” the source said. “Clay doesn’t have any other source of steady income besides his monthly child support from Jaymes.”

Members of Congress are paid $174,000 annually and are given annual allowances to offset travel costs between their district, and Washington D.C.

Though Aiken is homosexual, he and best friend Jaymes decided to have a son together back in 2008. Since then the two have been in and out of court in Los Angeles over custody issues involving their son.

[…] Foster had served as executive producer of Aiken’s last three albums for RCA, which didn’t create a lot of buzz.

The source added, “Clay is very jealous of the success that Jaymes has accomplished in her career, and he wants to live the life of luxury, and not pay for it. There is absolutely no demand for Clay as a musician. He is always trying to get more money out of Jaymes. It’s just a sad situation.”

Renee Ellmers has been making a splash as well.  The N&O recently ran a story on Clay’s  “RepublAiken” marketing theme — that we had days earlier — and Miss Harnett County tossed in her two cents: claysing

[…] The district’s incumbent, U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, mentioned Aiken’s signs at a Republican Women’s Club meeting this week.

“Guess what? This week he’s Republican,” said Ellmers, a Republican from Dunn. “I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a campaign like this. Be all things to all people. You have to be who you are.”

*SMH.*   Isn’t this the same woman who publicly bashed the 2012 vote on the state constitution’s marriage amendment, then turned around six months later to run TV ads saying she’s “fighting for traditional values”?  Isn’t this the same woman who, in 2011, praised the idea of using a continuing resolution to defund ObamaCare, and then publicly trashed the idea when Ted Cruz and Mark Meadows tried to actually do it? Isn’t this the same woman who welcomed the Tea Party label when she ran in 2010, but — during an aggressive Tea Party primary challenge in 2012 — claimed in a newspaper interview that she had never really been “a Tea Party person”?

This woman has some nerve bashing someone else for talking out of both sides of their mouth.  You think the choices are bad in the Senate race?  Look at what we in the Second District have to look forward to.