Is former American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken really contemplating running for congress? This might be one of the oddest news stories we’ve seen about a former American Idol finalist in a while, but it actually may be true. Clay Aiken, who came in second on American Idol season 2 behind winner Ruben Studdard, is reportedly very interested in going into politics very soon.
Clay Aiken is “actively considering” a run for North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district for the U.S. House of Representatives in the next election, according to the Washington Blade. Unidentified sources reportedly told the LGBT newspaper that Clay has been talking with a political strategist who formerly worked with Al Gore and former NC North Carolina Governor Bev Purdue.
Adding more weight to the report, Clay reportedly made a visit to Washington, D.C. last month to meet with pollsters at Hart Research Associates. He has also reportedly been calling around to find out what kind of support he might have, and talked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). In addition, the Blade sources said, the former American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice contestant has been “sounding and acting like a candidate” in recent days.
Clay Aiken himself has so far not commented on the rumors he is gearing up to enter the political arena. The DCCC has also declined to comment about a possibility that Clay might run for office. If he does decide to go for it, Clay will have to file by February 28 to participate in the May 6 primary.
Since his time on American Idol, Clay has developed a strong reputation as an activist both within the LGBT community and without. In 2010, Clay worked with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network to pass anti-bullying legislation. He was also named as a national ambassador for UNICEF and has travelled all over the world in support of the organization.