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Clay Aiken Considering Run for Congress

Pop singer and gay American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is considering a run for Congress in North Carolina, according to sources who spoke to the Washington Blade:

AikenOne Democratic source said Aiken  made phone calls to gauge support, talked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has met with figures in Raleigh, N.C., about a potential bid. Although it’s unclear when Aiken might formally announce a decision, the source said Aiken is “actively considering” it and “sounding and acting like a candidate.”

To help explore a run, the source said Aiken has been working with Betsy Conti, a Raleigh-based political strategist who’s worked for former North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue and Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore in addition to serving as Maryland’s deputy labor secretary in the Glendening administration. It’s unclear whether Aiken has formally hired her or anyone else to help with his bid.

Another Democratic source said Aiken was in D.C. last month meeting with pollsters at Hart Research Association to examine polling data with one of the partners at the firm.

The seat Aiken would be planning a run for is held by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.). Aiken would need to file to participate in the primary by Feb. 28, according to the Blade.

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  1. Ellmers is a perfect example of Republican ugliness and entitlement.

    During the government shut-down last Fall, Ellmers was one of the representatives who insisted on getting her congressional salary, even though most government employees weren't being paid. On October 3, 2013, she said, "I need my paycheck. That's the bottom line." Unlike the people she'd help put out of work, I guess.

    Without the cash she was milking from the government, her family would have had to make do with just her husband's meager salary.

    He's a surgeon.

    Posted by: bcarter3 | Jan 2, 2014 10:22:02 PM

  2. Good for Aiken! You go get em!

    Posted by: Danny | Jan 2, 2014 10:25:59 PM

  3. Well, most politicians are handsome and sexy.....CLAY WINS!!!

    Seriously-he is smart, honest, down to earth, loves North Carolina, will fight for the little guy and the disabled! Not to mention his passion for the LGBT community!

    You go Clay! RUN CLAY RUN!

    Posted by: KLovesClay | Jan 2, 2014 11:00:05 PM

  4. What a joke. Well his run should be good for some laughs.

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 3, 2014 12:08:29 AM

  5. He always had that creepy peewee Herman look going on and that hair: eeewww those poor Carolinians

    Posted by: Troy | Jan 3, 2014 12:23:17 AM

  6. Yes, that is indeed the worst hairdo ever. Clay: go to Supercuts and have a normal haircut. Maybe an inch or two long on top. Wash and blow dry. No products. That's it. There, much better.

    Posted by: emjayay | Jan 3, 2014 1:03:58 AM

  7. Is it April 1st already?

    Posted by: Tre | Jan 3, 2014 1:24:39 AM

  8. Bitter superficial queens on here commenting as usual. Why don't you go post photos of yourself and let others judge you. That and run for office and see how far you get. Not nearly as well as Aiken would do.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jan 3, 2014 1:32:12 AM

  9. JAY: I guess you didn't see him go up against Tony Perkins on Face the Nation.

    Clay has been into politics for many years, long before he became famous. This isn't something new. When his classmates were doing essays on their favorite singers or movie stars, Clay was doing his on politicians. He's practically addicted to CNN.

    His history of advocacy work(again, long before he became a famous singer) and interest in politics actually makes this a great fit.

    Posted by: Vickie | Jan 3, 2014 1:32:20 AM

  10. He would be running in a district that was recently rezoned to make it safer for the Republicans to hold. Maybe his celebrity status will help him. If the N.C. Democratic Party leaders back him, he should go for it. If there is another Democrat with a better chance of winning, he should step aside.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 3, 2014 1:36:48 AM

  11. Gay or straight...there are some nasty human beings out there. Go out and do something for your community instead of picking others to pieces. Very ashamed of this race sometimes.

    Posted by: John | Jan 3, 2014 1:51:39 AM

  12. "Aiken was in D.C. last month meeting with pollsters"

    He should meet up with Nate Silver. I hope he runs and goes on to make a difference.

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 3, 2014 2:31:54 AM

  13. Just watch bitter OLD b-tches on here rip him to shreds. NOTHING this site loves more than catty remarks at fellow gay men. It's pathetic.

    Posted by: Territi | Jan 3, 2014 3:08:31 AM

  14. Good for him. If he feels he's qualified and he'll represent everyone, including our LGBT who are FAR under represented in politics, than I support his decision.

    Posted by: Drew 5 | Jan 3, 2014 3:09:05 AM

  15. Que the nasty immature comments from the bitter crowd....

    Posted by: Jones | Jan 3, 2014 3:09:42 AM

  16. He has a terrific voice. Seen him perform live.

    Posted by: Mendorz | Jan 3, 2014 3:10:06 AM

  17. Wouldn't that be great if 15 years from now he became gov of north carolina? And then in 25, president of the US!!. LOL. They also laughed at Reagan when he first ran for public office.

    By then, his second husband will be Johnny Wier...and his state china pattern will be fierce.

    Like the saying goes. History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme. First as tragedy. .then as farce.

    Posted by: stevetalbert | Jan 3, 2014 7:13:59 AM

  18. North Carolina has taken a serious turn to the right in recent years. However, having gone to university there, I can attest there's a populist progressive streak that runs deep and wide thoughout the state.

    There has also been an I influx of professionals drawn to tech areas such as Research Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) and Charlotte. Additionally, Asheville has often been called the San Francisco of the East.

    If Mr.Aiken can catch the imagination of these forces & keep the Obama coalition of the young and minorities, he could turn that state around. The GOP stranglehold on all the levers of power has already sparked a backlash.

    I've never really been a fan of Clay Aiken's music, but I'd be happy to hear what he has to say politically & wish him well.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Jan 3, 2014 7:29:26 AM

  19. So the cat who couldn't make it as a popstar and hid his sexuality now wants to be a gay advocate politician? Sonny Bono lite with a twist?
    Inquiring minds want to know, will he use his webcam photos in his campaign?

    Posted by: Rasputin | Jan 3, 2014 8:12:27 AM

  20. As much as I am sure NC loves Clay, there is that scandal in his past with the army guy who went on to do porn..and Clay trolling manhunt and other sites for unprotected sex.

    Posted by: Glen | Jan 3, 2014 8:19:39 AM

  21. Good for Clay! Native son, out and proud (finally!) and a good Democrat. I'd say this is what North Carolina needs - desperately.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 3, 2014 9:00:08 AM

  22. Good for Clay! Native son, out and proud (finally!) and a good Democrat. I'd say this is what North Carolina needs - desperately.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 3, 2014 9:00:09 AM

  23. Good for Clay. Seems like a nice guy.

    Posted by: Tristram | Jan 3, 2014 9:45:19 AM

  24. Good luck to Clay! He would likely be an asset to the US House of Representatives!

    Posted by: RonCharles | Jan 3, 2014 2:15:28 PM

  25. I was going to say that Clay, congress is not a movie.

    But then I thought, this is really interesting, and part (maybe) of the new order. In a good way.

    Make way for progress!

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Jan 3, 2014 4:57:32 PM

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