Clay Aiken's Next Move: Congress?

Singer 'actively considering' political run
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2014 9:22 AM CST
Clay Aiken's Next Move: Congress?
Singer Clay Aiken attends the 20th Annual GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards on Saturday, March 28, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Clay Aiken: from American Idol runner-up to US congressman? Maybe. Two sources tell the Washington Blade Aiken has taken steps toward running for a US House seat representing North Carolina's 2nd congressional district, including talking with Democratic political operatives in North Carolina and DC to weigh support. One source says Aiken hasn't made a formal decision yet, but is "sounding and acting like a candidate." The filing deadline is Feb. 28, with the primary taking place May 6. Republican Renee Ellmers currently holds the seat, but one House Democratic aide says it's a "winnable" race for Democrats. (Read more Clay Aiken stories.)

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