Clay Aiken is "actively considering" a run for Congress in North Carolina's 2nd congressional district, according to the Washington Blade.
The singer, who would run as a Democrat, has already taken the initial steps, having reportedly consulted with political strategist Betsy Conti, who worked for former Vice President Al Gore, made phone calls to gauge support, and talked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as well as figures in Raleigh, N.C.
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The seat is currently held by GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers.
Aiken, 35, rose to fame as the runner-up in American Idol's second season. He has since appeared on Celebrity Apprentice, written a book and starred in the Broadway musicalSpamalot. He is also an LGBTQ activist, participating at a briefing on Capitol Hill for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. In addition, Aiken founded the National Inclusion Project, which advocates for children with disabilities, and has worked with UNICEF.
He has until Feb. 28 to file for participation in the primary, where he'd likely run against North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco. The primary would be held on May 6.