Report: Clay Aiken Considering Run For Congress

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Aiken placed 2nd in the 2003 "American Idol" but went on to build a successful singing and  Broadway career. (Getty Images)(

Aiken placed 2nd in the 2003 “American Idol” but went on to build a successful singing and Broadway career. (Getty Images)(

RALEIGH, N. Car. (CBS Charlotte) – “American Idol” runner up Clay Aiken is “actively” considering seeking a congressional seat, reports the Washington Blade.

Democratic sources tell the LGBT publication that Aiken has consulted with political advisers in Washington about a bid to represent North Carolina’s 2nd district.

The 35-year-old came out as gay in 2008, with a highly publicized cover story in People Magazine and has lent his support to LGBT causes.

Aiken, a native of Raleigh, spoke to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has been meeting with prominent political figures in his home town, according to the Blade.

A source told the publication that it’s unclear when there might be an official announcement but that Aiken was “sounding and acting like a candidate.”

The 2nd congressional district, which includes Raleigh, is currently held by Republican Renee Ellmers.

Former North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco is expected to formally announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination next week.

The filing deadline for the Democratic primary is Feb. 28th.

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