'American Idol': Kara DioGuardi's dad running for Senate

joe-kara-dioguardi-320.jpg"American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi's dad, a former congressman, is looking to re-enter the political picture.

Joseph DioGuardi, who served two terms in the House of Representatives in the 1980s, is considering a run for one of New York's U.S. Senate seats. DioGuardi, a Republican, is expected to announce his campaign next week, the AP reports.

The seat he's running for is currently held by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, who was appointed in 2009 after Hillary Clinton left the Senate to become Secretary of State. Whoever wins the special election in November will serve until 2012, then will have to run again to serve a full six-year term.

DioGuardi, a certified public accountant, could be part of a potentially crowded Republican primary field. One other candidate, Bruce Blakeman, has already said he's running, and former New York Gov. George Pataki is also thinking about a run, as is former George W. Bush adviser Dan Senor and several others.

Joe DioGuardi isn't the only pol with an "Idol" connection. Scott Brown, recently elected to the Senate from Massachsuetts, is the father of season 5 contestant Ayla Brown.

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Photo credits: Truth in Government.org (Joe DioGuardi), FOX (Kara DioGuardi)
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