Ten years ago, Clay Aiken said that it was important that he make a difference in the world. Each year, he never stopped trying. Today, with the rumored announcement that Clay will be running for the US House of Representatives, he is taking just another step on that exciting path.
Personally, I could not be more proud of Clay and I am excited that he wants to…”leave the ground”… and “fly”. I will continue to support him in any way that he wishes!
The rumors that Clay is actively considering a bid to represent North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House hit the Internet on Thursday evening. The website, Washington Blade was the first to publish the rumor. Written by Chris Johnson, the author did not name their sources, however, the writer seemed to have made every attempt to verify the rumors.
The sources, which spoke on condition of anonymity, said the 35-year-old Raleigh native has taken initial steps for a run, including consulting with political operatives in Washington, D.C., about a bid for the seat.
One Democratic source said Aiken 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. Although it’s unclear when Aiken might formally announce a decision, the source said Aiken is “actively considering” it and “sounding and acting like a candidate.”
Please read the entire article. It is well written and interesting. You can find it at WASHINGTONBLADE
Following the Blade article, many different sites published the rumored information. The following are just a few of the Internet articles.
From Gawker.com – Get Ready For Congressman – Clay Aiken
…But if Aiken does run, he might represent the perfect politician in a post-gay marriage America. For the Democrats, he’s a charismatic entertainer who would be visible proof that gays can be parents, too. For Republicans, he would be an Acceptable Homo: a rural boy who even middle-aged evangelical Christian couples have fond memories of…
From The Raw Story – American Idol’ runner-up Clay Aiken mulls bid to represent North Carolina in House
…The seat had been controlled by Democrats prior to the Republicans winning it in 2010, and because of its history, is considered by many to be a “winnable seat.” The filing deadline for the primary is February 28, with the primary itself scheduled for May 6.
Although Aikens is best known for his star turn on American Idol, in later years he has used his celebrity to call attention to causes he believes in, including the National Inclusion Project and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.
It is almost midnight here and at this time, there is at least 25 articles about the political rumor. Most of the articles are quoting Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade, however, as always, there are some sites that write trash. How sad!
One of Clay’s long-time fans said the following:
Clay has two great gifts, the passion for service and the energy to do it. As has been mentioned so many times, singing was just a means to an end. He’s been driven by this since day one, so the news today is really no great surprise. It’ll take him far I think, and enable him to do things others dream of.
Just think…this might be Clay’s new stage!
Each house of Congress occupies half of the building (divided by the Chambers in the middle). Pictured here is the U.S. House of Representatives (on the other side is the Senate)
Turning 180 degrees around from the steps of the Capitol you look out over the National Mall with the Washington Monument standing proudly at the other end.
This information certainly has hit the Internet quickly. At this time, it has not been verified, however, it is something to get everyone thinking. I believe that it will be a very big story in the next few hours. CANN will be watching the news and I will report it here as soon as I can. Please check here throughout the day for updates!
So…what do you think?