Try to contain yourselves Claymates! Reports are circulating that Clay Aiken may run for Congress.

Aiken would be running as a Democrat, vying for a seat in NC’s 2nd congressional district. The seat is currently held by Republican Renee Ellmers.

Sources told the Washington Blade that Aiken has taken the preliminary steps toward a run, meeting with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, consulting with political strategists, and meeting with pollsters.

Aiken is from Raleigh and was the runner up on American Idol in 2003. Since Idol he has pursued music, theatre, and activism. He’s the co-founder of the National Inclusion Project and has been active in raising awareness for LGBT issues.

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