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Report: Clay Aiken ‘actively considering’ run for U.S. House

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Former “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken is actively considering a bid to represent North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a report by the Washington Blade.

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Clay Aiken

The Blade cites two democratic sources that the openly gay Raleigh, N.C., native has taken initial steps for a run, including consulting with political operatives in Washington, D.C., about a bid for the seat.

One source said Aiken, 35, has been making phone calls to gauge potential support as he works with Betsy Conti, a local political strategist who has worked with Al Gore and former North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue.

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.”

Since Aiken’s appearance on “American Idol” in 2003, he has released several successful albums, launched ten tours, and has remained in the spotlight with a series of TV appearances.

He has also been involved with UNICEF since 2004 when he was appointed a U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Ambassador with a focus on ensuring children have access to education.

In 2010, Aiken appeared at a briefing on Capitol Hill on behalf of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to urge for passage of anti-bullying legislation with LGBT protections known as the Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act.

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  1. Go for it. Hope he’s a better politician than a musician. Sorry, not to hate on him, but I don’t like his music. I do respect him.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:49pm
  2. He is very well spoken and would be a terrific representative! :) Perhaps his 'music' was a 'stepping stone' to a brilliant political career!?

    Replied on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:43pm
  3. Perhaps. Let's watch and see.

    Replied on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:46pm
  4. Like Novaselic

    Replied on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 9:29pm
  5. He's garbage. I would never respect smut like like Clay Aiken!

    Replied on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 6:40am
  6. good for him!!! go clay!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:49pm
  7. Heather, it’s not mean if it’s true.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:49pm
  8. He’ll get all the Claymate votes.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:50pm
  9. I wouldn’t vote for him though.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:50pm
  10. Oh lord

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:51pm
  11. WOW!

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:51pm
  12. I’d rather him in Congress, than the Repugs of NC.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:51pm
  13. Wasn’t it enough that we had to endure him on American idol??

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:51pm
  14. What experience does he have? Pay Tell!

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:52pm
  15. Which party?

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:52pm
  16. He won’t get my vote

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:52pm
  17. oh lawd…n Phi Phi Ohara is running for her life…

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:55pm
  18. Cool. I think Ellen should run for politics too

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:55pm
  19. I think that's an awesome idea. Smart and tough with a kind heart. I think that's what we need.

    Replied on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:26am
  20. I Love his voice. I know nothing about his political views but I wish him luck in whatever he wants to do. He got robbed of the American Idol win.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:55pm
  21. Robbed in an understatement.

    Replied on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:28am
  22. No Offense to Clay Aiken but one does not simply run for U.S House just like that. There are channels and levels of government he has to go through first. He is not qualified.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:55pm
  23. ...not many 'politicians' are 'qualified'... perhaps his 'message' is requirement enough!!! ;)

    Replied on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:44pm
  24. He has no political history nor know how to govern people, which is what I mean by him not being qualified and activism doesn't count.

    Replied on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:51pm
  25. ^ But that could be a positive. Look at the shitty job the supposed "qualified" ones are doing, after all.

    Replied on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:56pm
  26. Shit he could maybe do a better job then what we have now.

    Replied on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:56pm
  27. Perhaps you're right Opus and Daniel but as it is we can't handle the people we have in the seat as it is, after the government shutting down you would think people would of wised up and start firing people in congress, we have the power to do it it just wasn't done. In the mean time congress was probably laughing at us calling idiots because they think they can't be touched.

    Replied on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 9:03pm
  28. Renee Ellmers had no prior experience except being a nurse. She got involved with Americans for Prosperity aka the Koch brothers. She may be a nurse but she lacks fluid intelligence (critical thinking, reason, open-mindedness); hence being a Tea Partier. Clay Aiken has more fluid intelligence, so I think he is more than qualified than her!

    Replied on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 9:50pm
  29. Renee Ellmers is not in the Tea Party, she is republican but then again they are one of the same just with different names. The difference between Renee Ellmers and Clay is that when she was a nurse that's when she started her political career by joining Americans for Prosperity. So she still has way more experience than Clay PLUS she was endorsed. Clay Aiken is an entertainer with no political history, you can look up his bio right now. The fact is people want to be govern by someone who knows what they are doing.

    Replied on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10:13pm
  30. what we need is less of the "qualified" and more of the willing to represent, someone who works for the people not someone who "knows how to govern people". I can govern myself, I want someone that can govern in Washington.

    Replied on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 1:22am
  31. The Constitution doesn't say you have to go through levels of government first to be qualified. It only says you must be at least 25 yo, a US citizen for 7 yrs and a resident of the district where you're running. If he's running, people will have the opportunity to decide whether they think he's qualified to represent them and vote accordingly.

    Replied on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 3:09pm
  32. Greg you never payed much attention in government class have you? Now I'm not being rude here but I think you need to.

    Replied on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 8:17pm
  33. GO CLAY! THE PEOPLE OF NORTH CAROLINA NEED YOU!

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:56pm
  34. I’d vote for him!

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:57pm
  35. I think there should be more gays in our government.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:57pm
  36. I would venture to say there is, just haven't come out.

    Replied on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:25am
  37. Please let those eyebrows grow back…

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:57pm
  38. Doesn’t anyone remember when Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor of California? Do you really think it’s a good idea to put someone in office with no political knowledge?

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:58pm
  39. Time to change the out dated thinking and laws of North Carolina, I love my state and would like to be proud of it!

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:00pm
  40. What experience does he have in politics? There are levels a person must go through before the House.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:03pm
  41. really, explain Cruz!

    Replied on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 1:26am
  42. Exactly, explain how the hell that asswipe got in any office. Somehow Cruz impressed the voters & possibly had his hands in somebody's pockets or vice versa.

    Replied on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:42am
  43. Not a fan of his music, but I certainly think he’d do better in the house than any of the Tea Party crapheads that are in there now. Wish you well, Clay, whatever your decision.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:04pm
  44. Maybe he should run for a US apartment first.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:04pm
  45. Bless her heart!

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:05pm
  46. Good for him. That’s what makes this country great: people of all walks of life can try to serve their country in a variety of ways. I don’t know if I’d vote for him. He’s not in my state for starters and I don’t know where he would stand on issues that are important to me but he should definitely run.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:06pm
  47. GO FOR IT!! Fill those seats with LGBT folks!

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:07pm
  48. Honey she’s got her eyelashes done and she’s ready. ;)

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:08pm
  49. I'll help him with his make-up if ya'll are worried about it, geesh

    Replied on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 1:35am
  50. I foresee him being walked over…. Probably not a good choice of profession for him

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:08pm
  51. Oh gurl please. You don’t just wake up one day and run for the House. Try being a mayor first or something.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:08pm
  52. Who?

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:24pm
  53. Well all I have to say is that good luck to him…gender or sexuality doesn’t make a. Diference he is a human being

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:35pm
  54. Why? Can you imagine what he will have to go through with tea party and republican BS.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:35pm
  55. lived in NC for almost 18 yrs…good luck Clay…they love you there but will they vote for you? horrible state on LGBTQ issues

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:36pm
  56. Seriously? This is the same person who once admitted to having an extreme phobia of house cats! I would prefer if this idiot wouldn’t end up in a position to make decisions that would affect the military. Luckily, this fool doesn’t stand a chance in hell of being elected.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:39pm
  57. ...some house cats are scary!!! ;)

    Replied on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:45pm
  58. Why!

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:45pm
  59. Vote for Clayqueefa.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:45pm
  60. Omg he is sooooo gay u go girl.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:48pm
  61. Hmmmm. I don’t know about his political views or experience. Hope he makes a good representative if he were to get voted in

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:55pm
  62. He’s a little bitch boy but he may have more brains than those already in office

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 9:13pm
  63. that almost surely a positive

    Replied on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 1:24am
  64. Oh please , just looking for attention

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 9:15pm
  65. how can he run when he can’t even sing?

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 9:17pm
  66. As what? And will he be supplied enough scarves and wind machines?

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 9:24pm
  67. isn’t that a girl?lol

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 9:29pm
  68. Not a fan of his music, but they need a good progressive voice in NC. Hope he wins.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 9:36pm
  69. He makes a good lesbian.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 9:38pm
  70. Let’s see what he has to offer. :)

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 9:41pm
  71. I’m not sure about all that, but we’ll see. In this picture Clay looks like a straight up Girl !

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 9:48pm
  72. That would be great he would have my vote!

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 9:51pm
  73. I would vote for him !

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10:13pm
  74. UGH, No Thanks.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10:16pm
  75. NOOOOOOOO

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10:27pm
  76. Great Clay.. Hope he gets it ….Need Change In North Carolina.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10:38pm
  77. omg seriously?

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10:38pm
  78. I feel like we need more average everyday people and less lawyers governing us…at the same time you don’t just jump to us congress…prove you have what it takes on a state level first…if you do a good job the ppl will reward you with that us congress seat…

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10:58pm
  79. I am skeptical about him. He flat out denied he was gay for years and even went out and criticized Adam Lambert. It only seems that he came out after he realized it could boost his sagging career. Add to that he doesn’t have qualifications. So, granted I am nowhere close to his district, unless there was a compelling reason I would say, “No!”

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11:04pm
  80. and he's the only celebrity/politician/athlete that has ever denied it to save their career, and he care out quicker than most ever do.

    Replied on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 1:29am
  81. Why he looks like a lesbian? Hehe

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11:40pm
  82. …. This is why america is so screwed up, unqualified people thinking they can run the country. No, please everyone vote no.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11:45pm
  83. good

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 12:03am
  84. We shall see!

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 12:19am
  85. Such a handsome lady.

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 12:30am
  86. No ma’am

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 12:33am
  87. He’ll, the bar is so low in N. Carolina, Rose Nyland could win a seat. You go girl!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 12:40am
  88. Yes please lol

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 1:27am
  89. James John Michael…supposedly the people representing us should know what they’re doing. The problem is we don’t know what THEY’RE Doing! Just a little research. That’s all it takes! North CAROLINA is doing a great job with there Moral Mondays protesting…look at what is happening there. I wouldn’t live there. Americans for Prosperity is alive and scary.

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 1:29am
  90. go for it Clay!!! Damn it you surely can’t do anything worse than what we have running us in the dirt now

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 1:30am
  91. Not the best picture to go with this headline… He looks stoned off his ass.

    … Or maybe it’s the PERFECT picture to go with this headline.

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 1:39am
  92. I know that America wants new politicians that can speak to the common person, but we don’t want a gay equivalent to Sarah Palin either. Maybe it reflects my New England attitude, but I want substance. Just how much does he know about the issues, and does he have any actual knowledge on how to resolve problems?

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 1:42am
  93. how about no.

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 1:46am
  94. I agree with you Nicole Hofstadter!, I think you could guess that lol

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 1:54am
  95. Good luck to you, Mr. Aiken. One question though: Why is it that you look like “Data”, the android from Star Trek TNG, if Data was wearing flesh-colored makeup on his android face?

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:18am
  96. Good for him. I think he has an Awesome voice. If hes half as good a politician as he is a singer he could make his mark.

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:20am
  97. Go for It Mr. Aiken!

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:38am
  98. His music career is not relevant to this. I would vote for him.

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:47am
  99. Do it

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:49am
  100. His face though

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 3:17am
  101. What makes a person qualified to run for any government office? They all say one thing and do another due to lobbyist

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 3:26am
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    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 3:29am
  103. Go for it Clay!

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 3:40am
  104. NO. Over and over, just…NO. And I’m annoyed and horrified he would even consider it. He is thoroughly UNqualified and will only muddy the already foul waters here. I DO applaud his activism and am grateful for it. That is where he can continue to do the most good.

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 3:46am
  105. Wendy, what’s your platform? That is to say, I’d like to remind you that politics were created as a mirror of activism. How does activism disqualify one from being qualified?

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 4:08am
  106. Dooooooo iiiiiittttttt

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 4:53am
  107. ummmmm no

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 6:30am
  108. he’s too innocent and nice.

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 6:45am
  109. Eeehaaaaa! Go go go aiken!

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9:25am
  110. If you want to be taken seriously clay? Dump the mascara

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9:59am
  111. well he does have that creepy stone Politician look going for him.

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 10:48am
  112. With what credentials??

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 10:51am
  113. Just hope Reuben Studdard doesn’t run against him

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 11:39am
  114. no offense, but doesn’t he need experience in political office first

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:39pm
  115. uhh no!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:50pm
  116. you would vote for him on what qualifications??? gay prolly.. bout it

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:51pm
  117. Not aging well. Just what we dont need, another con in congress

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 5:47pm
  118. oh now come on terry, don’t u think that would even the score in office, we got blacks, whites, Mexicans, why not g a ys???? lol

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 10:26pm
  119. I rather give him a go…. It can only get better …what we have now is a dam disgrace

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 11:01pm
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