Report: ‘American Idol’ Singer Clay Aiken Exploring Run For Congress

AP

“American Idol” runner-up and LGBT activist Clay Aiken may have a second act — in politics.

Democratic sources familiar with the openly gay singer’s plans told the Washington Blade that Aiken is eyeing a bid in North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district. That seat is currently held by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC).

One anonymous source told the Blade that Aiken spoke with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has been working with a Raleigh, N.C.-based political strategist, Betsy Conti. Aiken has also gone over polling data with Hart Research Associates, according to another source.

The DCCC, Conti, and Hart Research Associates did not respond to the Blade’s requests for comment. The newspaper was unable to reach Aiken.

The singer would have to file by Feb. 28 to participate in the May 6 primary.

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