'American Idol' Runner-Up Clay Aiken Considering Run For Congress

| by Emily Smith

“American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is considering running for office in North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House, according to two Democrats familiar with his plans.

The anonymous sources reported that Aiken had made phone calls to gauge support and met with political figures in Raleigh. He is currently working with political strategist Betsy Conti, who’s worked for former North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue and Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore, to explore a run.

A second Democratic source said Aiken met with pollsters at Hart Research Associates last month to examine polling data.

Though it is uncertain when Aiken might make a formal announcement, sources say that he is “sounding and acting” like a candidate.

Since winning “American Idol”, Aiken has had a successful Broadway and music career. According to Forbes, he made $1.5 million in 2010.

Aiken has also used his fame to promote LGBT activism. In 2010, the singer appeared on Capitol Hill to urge for the passing of the Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act.

Sources: Washington Blade, News Observer