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Gay pop star Clay Aiken is considering run for Congress, says N.C. Democratic consultant

BY MARTHA WAGGONER
ASSOCIATED PRESS

RALEIGH, N.C. – Gay pop singer Clay Aiken, who first made a name for himself as a contestant on "American Idol," is considering a run for Congress in North Carolina's 2nd District, a state Democratic Party consultant said Friday.

The "American Idol" runner-up from 2003 has talked with him and other advisers and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about whether to seek the seat now held by Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers, consultant Gary Pearce told The Associated Press.

"I was impressed with him," said Pearce, who worked closely with former four-term Gov. Jim Hunt and with John Edwards' 1998 U.S. Senate race. "He struck me as a very smart and serious person who had a sincere interest in representing his district."

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