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BAMBOOZLED: Clay Aiken Supporters Feel ‘Duped’ And ‘Lied To’

Uh-oh. Looks like Clay’s supporters aren’t too happy with him. Check it out…

Before anyone had any inkling that Tuesday’s elections would be a tsunami for Republicans, it looked like former “American Idol” runner up Clay Aiken had a chance—a slim chance, to be sure, but a chance to defeat Tea Party Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers in Aiken’s bid for a seat in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District. After all, the Democrats were all-in trying to save Kay Hagan’s Senate seat, as Aiken told supporters at a Sept. 30 fundraiser at the hilltop Los Angeles home of Extra correspondent Michael Corbett.

The four hour docuseries is still untitled but the highly regarded filmmakers—Academy Award winner Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire) and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn (American High)— have been following Aiken around since his announcement in February, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“We were granted incredible access during the making of this documentary, and in turn were able to capture the internal workings of an American campaign — the good, the bad and the ugly,” Simon Chinn told the Hollywood Reporter. Added Jonathan Chinn: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Esquire Network, who are tackling topics that are not only popular and entertaining but also smart and thoughtful.”

“Ultimately, this series is a raw and honest look at American politics through an incredibly unique and compelling candidate,” said Esquire Network head of original programming Matt Hanna.

Well, perhaps. But some of those who attended the fundraiser at Corbett’s house, organized by actor/producer Steve Tyler, (above) now want the filmmakers to edit them out. Tyler told me he is furious, having received angry calls from friends personally invited to the fundraiser who called after they heard the news. Tyler said:

I do my homework before raising money for any candidate or cause.  I refuse to ask my friends to donate money for something that I do not wholeheartedly believe in.  Not only did Clay have me convinced that he was the man we needed to send to Congress, but he convinced everyone at the LA fundraiser. 

It was the first fundraiser I have done in 20 years where almost every attendee wrote an additional check on their way out.  They thought they were making a good investment. 

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