According to The Washington Blade, two anonymous sources say “American Idol” runner-up and LGBT activist Clay Aiken is considering a bid to challenge Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers in North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district.
Via The Washington Blade:
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the 35-year-old Raleigh native has taken initial steps for a run, including consulting with political operatives in Washington, D.C., about a bid for the seat.
One Democratic source said Aiken made phone calls to gauge support, talked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has met with figures in Raleigh, N.C., about a potential bid. 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.”
To help explore a run, the source said Aiken has been working with Betsy Conti, a Raleigh-based political strategist who’s worked for former North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue and Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore in addition to serving as Maryland’s deputy labor secretary in the Glendening administration. It’s unclear whether Aiken has formally hired her or anyone else to help with his bid.
Washington Blade – Clay Aiken ‘actively considering’ run for Congress: sources
Aiken would have to file by Feb. 28 in order to run in the May primary.