Monday, January 6
(Undated) -- Clay Aiken could be calling on his "Claymates" for congressional support. Sources tell "The Washington Blade" the 35-year-old singer is actively considering a bid to represent his home state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives. Aiken has reportedly met with reps from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other poll research groups as he weighs the prospects of running for the 2nd Congressional District, currently represented by Republican Representative Renee Ellmers. Candidates looking to be considered for the May primary must file campaign paperwork by February 28th.
Aiken finished second to Ruben Studdard on the second season of "American Idol" in 2003. He has since released six albums and performed on Broadway. An ambassador for UNICEF, Aiken came out as gay in September 20th and has been active on LGBT issues.