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Washington idolizes a celebrity-turned-lawmaker, which is why the first political gossip of the new year surrounds a rumored congressional run by second season American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken.
The Washington Blade reported Thursday the former reality show star is eyeing the House seat currently held by Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C. Though he “made it to Hollywood,” Aiken, 35, is from North Carolina, and would likely run as a Democrat.
According to the Blade, Aiken has reached out to D.C. political operatives and campaign strategist in his home state to determine if the same people who used their phone to vote for him on Idol might turn up at the polls.
No stranger to politics, in 2010 Aiken lobbied Congress on behalf of anti-bullying legislation. He was also a UNICEF ambassador in 2004.
Since appearing on Idol, Aiken has written a New York Times best-selling memoir, performed on Broadway, volunteered with a number of charities and graduated from the University of North Caroline with a degree in special education.
Aiken did not respond to the Blade for comment about a congressional run. The filing deadline for the North Carolina primary is Feb. 28.