Clay Aiken considers North Carolina congressional run

Posted at 4:24 PM, Jan 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-03 16:24:31-05

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — “American Idol” runner-up and singer Clay Aiken is reportedly taking steps toward starting a new career in politics.

Sources told the Washington Blade that Aiken has been meeting with political operatives in DC and is “actively considering launching” a bid for Congress in North Carolina.

If he were to run, Aiken would be vying as a Democrat for the seat currently held by second-term Republican Renee Ellmers. Ellmers may also face a primary challenge from the right. Last summer, she ruled out a run for the Senate.

Aiken, who came out several years ago, has been active on LGBT issues. He rose to fame on the second season of American Idol in 2003.

Sources: WTVD and The Washington Blade