Is Clay Aiken Running for Congress in 2014?
By Shannon Carlin
Clay Aiken might have come in second on American Idol, and The Apprentice for that matter, but it seems he’s hoping he’ll come out on top on Election Day 2014.
According to the Washington Blade, the singer is “actively considering” a bid for North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The paper, which calls itself “America’s leading gay news source,” reports that two Democratic sources — who spoke on condition of anonymity — say the Raleigh native has spoken with political consultants. They also say that Aiken already started “running phone calls to gauge support, talked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has met with figures in Raleigh, N.C.,” including a political strategist who worked with Al Gore during his bid for president, about potentially running for the Congressional seat this fall.
Aiken has made no formal announcement of his plans to run for office, but has apparently already started “sounding and acting like a candidate.”
Since participating in American Idol in 2003, Aiken has made a name for himself not only as a singer and Broadway performer, but as a philanthropist, co-founding the the National Inclusion Project which seeks to help children with disabilities. He has also served as a national ambassador for the United States Fund for UNICEF.
In 2010, Aiken spoke on Capitol Hill on behalf of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network in support of anti-bullying legislation, known as the Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act, which would look to protect members of the LGBT community.
The final deadline to participate in the North Carolina primary is February 28, which takes place on May 6.
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