Clay Aiken launching bid for seat in Congress

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

January 3, 2014 4:43:58 PM PST
Singer and American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is reportedly taking steps toward a new career -- congressman.

Sources told the Washington Blade that Aiken is meeting with political consultants about launching a bid for a House seat in North Carolina.

The filing deadline is February 28 and the primary is May 6.

Aiken finished second to Ruben Studdard in 2003, the show's second season.