Clay Aiken Mulls Run for Congress (Report)

Clay Aiken Mulls Run for Congress (Report)

Openly gay “American Idol” runner-up could run in North Carolina

Clay Aiken may dedicate his knack for winning voters’ hearts to something besides “American Idol”: The runner-up on the show's second-season is reportedly mulling a run for Congress in North Carolina.

The Washington Blade says Aiken, 35, has consulted with political operatives including Betsy Conti, a political strategist who worked for Al Gore and former North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue. Conti is based in Aiken's hometown of Raleigh. He would potentially seek the seat now held by second term Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers, the Blade reported.

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Aiken, who came out in 2008, has been active on LGBT issues for several years. In 2010 he spoke on Capitol Hill about anti-gay bullying.

Aiken would have to file by Feb. 28 at noon to run in the May 6 primary.

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Since coming in a close second to Ruben Stoddard on “Idol” in 2003, Aiken has toured extensively, authored the bestselling book “Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life,” produced a Christmas special, and placed second to Arsenio Hall on the fifth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

  • Jim

    If he knows what to do, go for it. Deport Simon outta this country.

  • james

    He should be perfect. Another person who has never worked much or owned a business trying to tell the rest of us how to do it.

    • Norman Bates

      You don't know a damn thing about him do you.

  • Anonymous

    Great, another useful idiot running for Congress.

  • Peter Rock

    You know- in this country anybody can run for political office as long as they meet the initial requirements. Question becomes – can they fund raise enough to buy the election because that's what ultimately wins. Money! Good luck Clay if this is what you want.