NORTH CAROLINA - Clay Aiken for Congress? That might just happen for the North Carolina native and American Idol runner-up.
The Washington Blade is reporting that Aiken is "actively considering a bid to represent North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House." The paper, based in Washington, D.C., cites two Democratic sources familiar with Aiken's plans.
The Washington Blade explained:
"The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the 35-year-old Raleigh native has taken initial steps for a run, including consulting with political operatives in Washington, D.C., about a bid for the seat.
"One Democratic source said Aiken made phone calls to gauge support, talked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has met with figures in Raleigh, N.C., about a potential bid. Although it's unclear when Aiken might formally announce a decision, the source said Aiken is 'actively considering' it and 'sounding and acting like a candidate.'"
The sources also told the Washington Blade that Aiken has been working with a Raleigh-based political strategist who had previously worked for Former Gov. Bev Perdue and Al Gore.
Aiken, a Democrat, has not commented on his reported bid for Congress.
The U.S. House seat for the 2nd Congressional District is currently occupied by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.). The district includes Alamance, Chatham, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Moore, and Wake Counties.
Aiken was the runner-up on American Idol in 2003, losing to Ruben Studdard. Aiken has released seven studio albums. He announced the birth of his son in Aug. 2008 A month later, he came out as gay.
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