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More Sources Confirm Clay Aiken Prepping Congressional Bid in North Carolina

Additional sources confirm pop singer and gay American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is assembling a political team to run for the Democratic nomination in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District, WRAL News reports:

Clay aikenAiken, a Raleigh native, is expected to make an official announcement next month, sources said.

Sources said Aiken has talked to Democratic consultants Betsy Conti, Nation Hahn and Gary Pearce about possibly helping with a run for Congress. He also has spoken with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, sources said.

Former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco and Durham attorney Houston Barnes have already announced plans to seek the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District, which is now held by Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers.

Elmers defeated seven-term Democratic incumbent Bob Etheridge in the 2010 midterm elections. In 2011, Republican state lawmakers redrew the district to be more favorable to GOP candidates.

In 2012, Aiken spoke out against Amendment One, North Carolina’s anti-gay marriage amendment that was eventually passed by voters 61%-39%.


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  1. Does he think he can just dress in a suit, Elle Woods style and totally look the part?

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Jan 26, 2014 7:13:39 PM

  2. If he runs, I hope he gets a different hair style. He's getting to look like he Donald!

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 26, 2014 7:54:30 PM

  3. He's always worn very high quality suits. This is nothing new

    Posted by: Danny | Jan 26, 2014 8:08:51 PM

  4. I've listened to him, he's intelligent & i can see him as a good congressman...Let's remember just how intelligent Elle wood was, & how well she did. ;-) But yes, that hair is dangerously Trump inspired.

    Posted by: JPB | Jan 26, 2014 8:10:16 PM

  5. And my comment got deleted . . . why? Because I used the 'B' word?

    There's something seriously wrong with whomever moderates these comments if the sort of profanity that the FCC deems acceptable for broadcast television offends them, but they consider the putrescent bile that Rick and his alters spew all over this blog acceptable.

    Get a grip.

    Posted by: FFS | Jan 26, 2014 8:40:52 PM

  6. The Democrats probably don't have much of a chance of winning that seat. The North Carolina 2nd Congressional District was just redrawn in 2011 to make it a "safe" Republican Seat. If the democratic officials in N.C. and D.C. think he has the best chance of getting the most votes, I wish him luck. If one of those other announced democrats is believed to have a better chance, Clay should step aside. The name of the game is trying to win the seat in an attempt to give the Democrats a chance, slim to be sure, of regaining control of the House.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 26, 2014 8:52:40 PM

  7. @FFS

    Calm down, Mary. It's an algorithm of banned words that prevents comments containing those from being posted. There's no live moderation.

    If someone actually moderated these comments, we wouldn't have the Ricks and his Ilk that you speak of.

    What "b" word were you using? b_itch? bi_sexual? b_oi? b_alls?

    Posted by: ROTFLMAO | Jan 26, 2014 8:52:49 PM

  8. It would be really interesting to know what the vote was on Amendment One (in 2012) in the 2nd Congressional District. Unless the vote was close to 50-50, it's hard to see Clay winning in that district. Someone must have this data (it's public), and probably Clay's team has it. As it is, the Republican won 55% of the vote in 2012, so it will be hard for any Democrat to win in 2014.

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Jan 26, 2014 9:47:40 PM

  9. I think it's important to remember that NC amendment 1 vote came in a contested Republican primary, not a general election. it was over-represented by Republican primary voters in comparison to the general voting population.
    As for his chances, what are progressives supposed to do...just lay down and give up on house seats because of gerrymandering? That's a certain recipe for perpetual minority status in the House. I see his candidacy as positive, even if he isn't successful. He's an out candidate whose very presence is going to move the needle forward. Visibility like this is always a long term friend to the cause of changing minds, even if it's just one at a time.

    Posted by: MIke | Jan 26, 2014 9:56:50 PM

  10. @Middle's_2nd_congressional_district

    Dist 2 County / For / Against

    Almance / 18996 / 10661
    Chatham / 9556 / 11172
    Cumberland / 34612 / 15187
    Harnet / 14796 / 4880
    Hoke / 4434 / 2371
    Lee / 8401 / 3561
    Moore / 15262 / 8990
    Wake / 106518 / 140013

    Total For / Against
    212575 / 196835
    51.9% / 48.1%

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Jan 26, 2014 10:22:42 PM

  11. I hope he runs and I hope he wins. He is a brave guy who came out publicly as a very young man at a time when he was first learning to deal with his nationwide fame as well as deal with his sexuality. I am glad he is smart enough to be a Democrat - he has the brains to realize the Republicans hate gay people and will do all they can to stop us having a life.

    Clay also realizes the best way to help us is to get involved in politics - not just "singing" a few off key lines and looking like a freakish wax doll on the Grammys like our other so-called gay supporter Madonna.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 27, 2014 3:35:14 AM

  12. It would be much easier for him to be a judge on some reality show or do broadway, so I give him credit for that alone.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jan 27, 2014 7:31:14 AM

  13. Justin Bieber for President!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 27, 2014 7:59:57 AM

  14. Clay Aiken for Congress--Because it can't get any Dumber!

    Posted by: anon | Jan 27, 2014 9:36:20 AM

  15. Clay's is a much needed voice in Congress. Who are these nuts who would not support him?

    Posted by: Danny | Jan 27, 2014 1:15:42 PM

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