March 16th, 2010
02:46 PM ET
5 years ago

'American Idol' judge wants your vote – for her father

American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi’s father, Joe, launched his bid for Senator Tuesday in New York.
American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi’s father, Joe, launched his bid for Senator Tuesday in New York.

Washington (CNN) - He's a Senate hopeful who's the father of an "American Idol" judge. And he wants to replicate the success of a senator who's the father of a former "American Idol" contestant.

Will former Rep. Joe DioGuardi, R-New York, be able to do what Senator Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, recently did: carry a historically Democratic state as a Republican? Not to mention that Brown's daughter, Ayla, was a finalist on Fox's "American Idol" – and DioGuardi's daughter, Kara, currently appears on the show.

Today, Joe DioGuardi announced he's running for Senate for New York. In a statement, the certified public accountant says, "America has rightly rejected Congress's spend more, tax more, borrow more philosophy."

He adds, "Washington doesn't seem to listen for long. As a New York Senator, I would stand up for the commonsense economic and fiscal policies that would bring jobs to New York and put America back on the right track."

Related: Senor may challenge Gillibrand, sources say

DioGuardi's announcement marks a return to politics after serving two terms in the House of Representatives in the late 1980s.

His daughter, "Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi, tells CNN she's "excited."

She spoke to CNN in a telephone interview. The songwriter says she remembers growing up in a political family, campaigning for her father and traveling to Washington.

When asked to put her famous songwriting skills to work on a campaign slogan, Kara DioGuardi thought for a moment, and came up with a simple line, "Vote for Joe."

Kara DioGuardi says her father is "somebody who works hard when he believes in something." Asked what kind of senator her father might be, she says he would tackle tough issues.

Kara DioGuardi says "ridiculous spending" by the government has "has gotten crazy." And she says her father will concern himself with government accountability.

The daughter declined to discuss her own political views and whether they align with her father's. But she did say she would work with him, if he wins, "on certain issues, of course." She cited issues of concern to the music community, such as copyright infringement and piracy.

CNN also asked the daughter if she'd ever follow her father into politics. "Perhaps," she said. "Definitely don't want to rule anything out."


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  1. John D

    Good luck Joe, to you and your daughter. We need another Conservative Republican to help wash the Demo rat stench out of DC.

    March 16, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Jeremy

    Joe has the credentials, experience, and whit to make moves on Capitol Hill and in New York. I saw Joe's press conference this morning and the man has got the passion for actual DO and actual CHANGE.

    March 16, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. JonDie

    Vote for "The Father of the Bimbo?" No way.

    March 16, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. Doug,lib jersey

    I'm not sure there are enough decent, good, honest people in the state of New York for a Republican to win. However, Scott Brown did it in that lib Mecca of hate and selfishness, maybe some libs are starting to think about what if they ever have to answer for how they lived their lives and are now acting conservative. It is never to late to embrace all that is good, honest, fair and compasionate, the anti-lib!

    March 16, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. go dems

    When he says, "put America back on the right track" does he mean back to the Clinton era when we had a surplus and the the pay-go rules that W got rid of? It appears that Obama had the courage to put pay-go back in effect. So, if anyone is getting us back on track, and cleaning up a mighty mess, it's our current president. Thank God for President Obama!

    March 16, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Avg Guy in Red State Kansas

    OK, so here's THE quote:

    "Will former Rep. Joe DioGuardi, R-New York, be able to do what Senator Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, recently did: carry a historically Democratic state as a Republican? Not to mention that Brown's daughter, Ayla, was a finalist on Fox's "American Idol" – and DioGuardi's daughter, Kara, currently appears on the show."

    Say WHAT???

    When I was a kid I had a job mucking out horse stalls. I gotta tell you, the element of this story that somehow Ms. DioGuardi and Ms. Brown are in some way relevant politically is nothing but pure "muck".

    Jeez...

    March 16, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Doug,lib jersey

    "Sadly, Doug, it seems only far right wing nuts have been promoting violence lately. The "crazy libs" just quietly stand at street corners with signs or wear pink t-shirts and shout anti-war slogans."

    Stacie that is a lie, most Democrats do that on purpose but just in case....

    The DNC headcorders was bombed in Coloradao, A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT did it, in an attempt to blame it on the right like they did with the kill him comments about Obama at the Palin speeches, as usual the lib gets caught, as if honest people could be fooled into thinking a conservative would do such a thing.

    Also Stacy did you hear about a plane that crashed into a federal building in Austin? Read the suicide note of the guy, Joe Stack who did it, typical LIBERAL DEMOCRAT bush bashing, "The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies", sounds just like a ticker LIB OBAMA BOT, this is what they are capable of.

    March 16, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Brian from RTP

    The odds are actually for him since he is not in office and he is not a Democrate. I though she was cute before. I like her even more now because she is conservative.

    March 16, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    JonDie March 16th, 2010 4:56 pm ET
    Vote for "The Father of the Bimbo?" No way.
    _____________________________________________________
    Bimbo? Apparently you know nothing about Kara DioGuardi. She is very accomplished by her own talent and work. She deserves more respect than that.

    March 16, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. MatthewDetroit

    I say YES.

    She is hot so I vote YES.

    March 16, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Melissa

    Absolutely not. I will NOT vote Republican. I haven't forgotten what they did over the last 8 years, even if too many other people have.

    March 16, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. CONNIE

    sorry Melissa you are a fool the last 2 yrs of bush and cheny the dems were in charge of the house and senate so don't give me that it was all repubs it was the dems the last 2 yrs and this past year too.

    March 16, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Jennifer

    Doug, Joe Stack has become a hero for the tea partiers. That guy was no "LIB OBAMA BOT."

    You come off as an angry, angry person.

    March 16, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Jackie

    Listen, if your dad is singing "Pants on the Ground " I might look but this is shameful you hocking your dad for votes on idol.

    March 16, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. PrettyAngel

    No Republican will ever get my VOTE, they do not help the poor.

    March 16, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Jackie

    NO Way !!!!!!!!!!! I would watch him on the show if he sang
    " Pants Hanging Down " But I still wouldn't vote for him.
    And that is just wrong her asking because she is on the show.
    She is only there because Paula was such a mess.

    March 16, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. D.

    Good choice NY Republicans.
    The democrats scaring their own non-healthcare-tax bill with all kinds of tricks (running against them, challenging them, ethics investigations, etc.) is not a serious party, not more serious than the Chicago mob!

    March 16, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Andrew

    To the person who said no Republican will ever get her vote because they don't help the poor...your attitude is the very reason poverty exists. You no doubt do want to help the poor, but you are too head-strong to entertain the possibility that perhaps the best way to lift people out of poverty is through free markets, free trade, sound money, personal accountability, and less rules/regulations. Simply look at China and India where 300 million people in each country were lifted out of poverty in the last decade through these practices while America and Europe get poorer by the day through the very opposite practices.

    March 16, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Stacie

    Doug, turn off the faux news and look around. You may find the truth instead of crazy conspiracies. You've got some problems, dude.

    March 16, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. Zach K

    A.) You are whats wrong with American Idol Kara.
    B.) Gillibrand would win the election Kara.
    C.) Thanks but no thanks and have a nice day Kara.

    March 16, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. Not Blue, Not Red, but Purple

    Nice comments. When did the US become so filled with hate?

    March 16, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. Zoe Barber

    NO Way!!!

    March 16, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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