The Washington Post

Clay Aiken fuels up for congressional bid in D.C.

Clay Aiken at the Broadway opening of "After Midnight" on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) File: Clay Aiken (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Hey, isn’t that… Former American Idol runner up Clay Aiken, munching on a pastry at the Bean and Bite coffee shop in downtown D.C.?

Eleven years after losing the sing-off to Ruben Studdard, Aiken has his eyes on another contest: a 2014 congressional race. He’s running as a Democrat in North Carolina, and tells us he’s in D.C. to meet with folks who might help him along the way (including the National Education Association).

Experts say the race is going to be a real uphill battle, but if past is precedent, maybe coming in second will be better for his career anyway.

Ben Terris is a writer in the Washington Post's Style section with a focus on national politics.
Comments
Show Comments
Most Read

lifestyle

reliable-source

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.