Chicago GOP Adopt 'American Idol'-Style Candidate Search

Chicago GOP Adopt 'American Idol'-Style Candidate Search

Ratings for the once mighty American Idol franchise continue to fall, and several judges from the Fox series are now seeking new gigs.

The troubled hitmaker is still having an impact, particularly on the political culture of the Windy City. That Idol voting process is being embraced by the city’s GOP to select future candidates.

Spokesman Chris Cleveland said people who apply to run as Republican candidates and fill out surveys will be asked to engage in an “American Idol-style” vetting process, which will include standing before a selection panel to present a speech about themselves and their views….

The panel will decide if candidates get party backing, assistance getting on the 2014 ballot, defense against any ballot challenges, and training for their campaign.