The Washington Blade is reporting several sources that suggest the American Idol runner-up and gay dad may be considering a bid to represent North Carolina in the House, and if it’s true, he “may have a shot” at snagging the “winnable seat.”
According to anonymous sources familiar with the 35-year-old Raleigh native’s plans, Aiken has “talked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has met with figures in Raleigh about a potential bid.” Sources also claim that he’s “actively considering” a run and working closely with Betsy Conti, a political strategist who has previously worked with NC Gov. Bev Purdue and Al Gore.
All the gossip linking Aiken to a potential career in politics is unconfirmed at the moment, but silence from the DCCC, Conti and Aiken’s former management firm is speaking volumes.
According to the Blade, Aiken may have a shot at winning if he officially announces his candidacy:
Aiken wouldn’t be the only candidate on the Democratic side to pursue a run for the House seat, which is currently occupied by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.). Former North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco is expected to formally announce his candidacy on Monday. He formed a campaign committee to explore a run in December.
Although the polls indicate Republicans may be favored as the mid-term elections approach on a general ballot, the Democratic nominee — whether it’s Aiken, Crisco or someone else — may have a shot at the seat, which comprises Raleigh and was controlled by Democrats before the Republican surge in 2010. A House Democratic aide, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, described the second congressional district as a “winnable seat” for Democrats.
So, Clay, what will your first order of business in office be? Gay marriage? Same-sex adoption? Removing Ruben Studdard’s albums from store shelves?