In the video, Aiken first sets the scene. He makes his case in a family friend’s home, where he and his mother escaped his abusive father during his youth.
“My father could be a violent man who would get drunk and angry and decided that mom was the reason for the pain in his life,” Aiken says.
Later in the spot, Aiken, keeping his tone pleasant, needles Ellmers for voting for last fall’s government shutdown.
“She did. Twenty-one times. Even though she said herself it would be a disaster for the economy,” Aiken states. “And then she complained that she needed her paycheck.”
Aiken, who is openly gay, may have a tough road to Washington, as that North Carolina congressional district is fairly conservative. Still, a Democrat, Bob Etheridge, held the seat until losing to Ellmers in 2010.