Could Americans be getting another chance to cast their votes for Clay Aiken?
The answer is “possibly,” according to a new report in the Washington Blade. The article cites anonymous sources who say that the American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice runner-up is “actively considering” a bid to represent North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district, which is currently represented by Republican Renee Ellmers. (Aiken would run as a Democrat.)
According to the Blade, Aiken has been meeting with both pollsters and political figures including strategist Betsy Conti, who’s worked previously with Al Gore. The filing deadline for the district’s primary is Feb. 28.
While Aiken is best known for his post-Idol singing career – as well as fairly frequent TV appearances – a turn to politics wouldn’t come completely out of left field. He’s been an active supporter of causes and charities including the Ronald McDonald House, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and his own National Inclusion Project for years; he was appointed a UNICEF National Ambassador in 2004 and a member of the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2006. After officially coming out in 2008, Aiken also became gay rights activist. If he ran and got elected, Aiken would become the 113th Congress’s seventh openly gay or bisexual member.
Reps for Aiken haven’t yet responded to EW’s request for comment.