American Idol alum Clay Aiken is currently trailing North Carolina 2nd District Congressional opponent Renee Ellmers in an area that matters most: money available to burn.
The guests are uniformly attractive and svelte, almost a parody of chic. I step out onto a porch and encounter Guto Bittencourt, a young Brazilian opera singer wearing thick-framed glasses, a skinny tie and a gray blazer. He’s talking to a blond woman who looks like Ivanka Trump.
“We were at this castle last week,” Bittencourt says. “It was amazing.”