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Clay Aiken exploring a run for Congress

Posted by David Zimmerman  January 3, 2014 11:29 AM

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According to an article in the Washington Blade, former American Idol runner up Clay Aiken is considering running for Congress. Aiken is exploring running for the seat currently held by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) representing North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district.

Aiken, who came out as gay in 2008 after years of rumors, has been active in politics in the past especially regarding North Carolina’s Amendment One which defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

"The polls in North Carolina show that over 60 percent of North Carolinians actually support some recognition for same-sex couples, be it civil unions or domestic partnerships," Aiken said. "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 bit more."

According to the article Aiken has “made phone calls to gauge support, talked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has met with figures in Raleigh, N.C., about a potential bid.”

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