Clay Aiken Considers a Run for Congress in North Carolina

According too sources at The Washington Blade former American Idol Season Two Runner-up and LGBT activist and openly gay man Clay Aiken now at the age 35 is considering a run for Congress. Clay Aiken would make the bid for to be the Representative of the 2nd District in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Aiken has been doing a lot of work with organizations focusing on range of issues. Aiken has been a member part of organizations such as National Inclusion Project which Diane Bubel and himself founded together in 2003, he’s been a UNICEF Ambassador since 2004 and, has also promoted GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), he joined his fellow celebrities in filming an educational video for Cyndi Lauper’s web based GIVE A DAMN CAMPAIGN a project by her True Colors Fund.  

Aiken has spoken out in North Carolina politics mostly around LGBT related issues of Marriage Equality, with stances about the May 2012 Amendment One in North Carolina which defined marriage solely as a union between a man and a women, during an interview with CBS Face the Nation Aiken said “The polls in North Carolina show that over sixty percent of North Carolinians actually support some recognition for same sex couples be it civil unions or domestic partnerships,” he goes on too say “As North Carolinians see what it’s done, and what it will do, I think they will support the fact that President Obama did speak out on principle…I think we’d like to see politicians speak out on principle a little more.”

Aiken is consulting member of the Democratic Party of North reconsideration a run for Congress in his home state of North Carolina for the November 2014 on the Democratic Party Line.

A seat currently being held by Republican Renee Ellmers, she has filed the papers for a re-elected have been filed for her and a possible opponent Republican Frank Roche to have a primary for the Republican side of the ballot.  

Republican Congresswomen Ellmers has represented the district since January 2011 and is planning to run for re-election. Jim Duncan, the chairman of the Chatham County Republican Party and co-founder of the grassroots organization, The Coalition for American Principles, considered a run against Ellmers in the primary, but decided against it. Frank Roche, a conservative Internet talk show host who ran for Congress in District 4 in 2010, is running against Ellmers in the primary.

Both Politico and The Washington Blade have reported that Aiken met with the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) and couple North Carolina operatives in the Raleigh Area.

The Washing Blade could not confirm for the record if the idea of Aiken’s of political inspirations for the upcoming Congressional cycle or anything even in the future.

Aiken is however in a bit of a time crunch for filing for the race, he will need to file all campaign paperwork by Feb 28th. Aiken wouldn’t be the only democrat on the ticket either he has the potential for a primary challenger, Former Perdue administration commerce secretary has also mention a run against Ellmers for the race in 2014. 



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