If you’ve been feeling nostalgic for the days of vintage American Idol, fear not: Clay Aiken may be making his way back into the limelight soon. A new album, you ask? More appearances on Celebrity Apprentice? Nope. Clay might be making a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives.
This information all comes from everyone’s favorite unreliable place, “sources,” so it would be wise to take it with a few grains (or buckets) of salt. But on the other hand, I’ve been catching up on House of Cards lately so now I’m thinking the news could have come from the inside and is likely part of some kind of elaborate plot. Anyway. “Sources” inside the Democratic party say Clay is thinking of running for office in North Carolina’s second congressional district. The seat is currently held by a Republican, but it was a Democratic seat before the Republican surge in 2010.
Clay has no experience in public office, but he has actually become more active in politics over the last few years, particularly when it comes to LGBT issues. He appeared at a briefing on Capitol Hill in 2010 on behalf of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to advocate for the passage of anti-bullying legislation. He also founded the National Inclusion Project, an organization dedicated to helping children with disabilities.
Two things immediately popped into my mind when I read this. Number one: I’m already thinking about how Clay can rework “Invisible” into a campaign song.
Number two: poor Ruben Studdard. Still playing second fiddle to Clay even though he’s the one who actually won American Idol.
Clay always seemed like a really sensitive guy to me. I’m not sure he can handle the rough world of politics. But then again, he shows promise.
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe he’ll join the long line of entertainers-turned-politicians. Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clay Aiken. Meanwhile, Simon Cowell is already planning his next reality show: American Congressman.