Clay Aiken, 35, might not have had the votes to become America's idol, but he may be able to wrangle up enough support to be North Carolina's congressman.
According to the Washington Blade, which cited anonymous sources, Aiken is mulling a run for Congress and has sought the advisement of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and prominent campaign strategist Betsy Conti, who has worked with former North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue and former presidential nominee Al Gore, both Democrats. According to the report, Aiken, a North Carolina native, also has been in conversations with pollsters to test his viability as a candidate in the state.
If he decides to run, Aiken potentially would face off in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District against Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C.
Aiken, however, is not the only Democrat looking to run in the district. Former North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco also intends to run.
While Aiken has never sought political office before, he has experience as an advocate on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues and lobbied Congress in 2010 to strengthen anti-bullying laws on Capitol Hill.
Aiken also has worked as an advocate for children with disabilities and has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2004, traveling to Afghanistan, Uganda and Indonesia as part of his service.