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American Idol Star Clay Aiken Considering Running For Congress — Report

From American Idol to American legislator?

A decade after Clay Aiken nearly became America's second Idol in 2003, the 35-year-old singer is reportedly considering a run for the U.S. House of Representatives — representing North Carolina's 2nd congressional district — as sources tell the Washington Blade.

These anonymous insiders tout that Clay is taking "initial steps for a run" — including meeting with political strategists, pollsters, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

If he does run, he'll have tough competition — North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco is said to be announcing his candidacy for the same seat.

Clay has until February 28 to put his hat in the ring and then two months after that to campaign until the May 6 primary.

And if things don't turn out in his favor, the Raleigh native has proven himself to be a graceful loser. He came in second on Season 2 of Idol, losing to Ruben Studdard.

Since then, he has released seven albums, appeared in Spamalot on Broadway, co-founded the National Inclusion Project, served as a UNICEF ambassador, come out as gay, and advocated for LGBT rights.

Maybe he'll add congressman to that already-impressive resume!

Source: Washington Blade

Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!

01.3.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Dan Clarendon
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