Sources: Clay Aiken prepping congressional bid

Posted January 23, 2014

— Pop singer Clay Aiken is assembling a political team for a run at the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District, sources told WRAL News on Thursday.

Aiken, a Raleigh native, is expected to make an official announcement next month, sources said.

Sources said Aiken has talked to Democratic consultants Betsy Conti, Nation Hahn and Gary Pearce about possibly helping with a run for Congress. He also has spoken with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, sources said.

Former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco and Durham attorney Houston Barnes have already announced plans to seek the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District, which is now held by Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers.

Ellmers also will face a primary challenge. Conservative talk radio host Frank Roche, of Cary, says she isn't conservative enough to represent the district, which Republican lawmakers redrew in 2011 to be more favorable to GOP candidates.

Aiken was the runner-up on "American Idol" in 2003 and later put out six albums and appeared on Broadway and on reality television. His most noted foray into the political arena came two years ago when he spoke out against North Carolina's constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage.


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  • readme Jan 24, 2014

    It might be nice to know where he stood on any issue other than gay marriage. I'd at least consider him if I knew more.

  • wragged Jan 24, 2014

    I love how some mental midgets are claiming he's this or that when he hasn't even declared and none of these people know him or anything about him.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jan 24, 2014

    Clay rhymes with ...

    And that my friends is his agenda. Plain and simple.

  • BottomLine Jan 24, 2014

    Clay in office certainly would round out the rainbow of politics we have ... if not else, it could really revitalize late night comedy writing.

  • djbyrdnc Jan 24, 2014

    Less see, Renee is getting people who want to run because she is not tea party enough and Clay wants to run. Clay this area is not Wake County or where every you live. You might want to stick with singing or what every you do. You probably will come in second again.

  • veryfrustrated1 Jan 24, 2014

    The 2nd district polled 69% against obamacare before it was pushed thru by dem bribery. Given that it has gone so well so far, I sincerely hope that aiken runs in support of the ACA with obama! I can't wait! This......is going to be fun!!!!!

  • weasel2 Jan 24, 2014

    Just what this state needs!!!!!!

  • westernwake1 Jan 24, 2014

    I don't know which is sadder - that Clay Aiken is viewed as a viable alternative for congressional office, or that this is the best that the Democrats can do.

  • gordontrenchard Jan 24, 2014

    How exactly is he qualified? Usually and rightfully Congressional candidates have a platform and some sense of a broad range of policy positions and statements and are involved in their district on these matters. Aiken appears to have none of this experience or background. If he is going to Congress to be a gay rights and child education advocate solely then maybe he is qualified but there a littany of other very important issues he needs to competent on.

  • determined2win Jan 24, 2014

    The State is obviously going downhill fast now...