Clay Aiken running for Congress?

Celebrity Apprentice runner-up and American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is considering running for a seat in the United States House of Representatives, according to a report. If he were to run and be elected, he’d join Real World cast member Sean Duffy, who’s already a two-term congressman.

The Washington Blade reports that he “is actively considering a bid to represent North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House, according to two Democratic sources familiar with his plans.” Those people said he has been “consulting with political operatives in Washington, D.C.,” and “working with Betsy Conti, a Raleigh-based political strategist who’s worked for former North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue and Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore in addition to serving as Maryland’s deputy labor secretary in the Glendening administration.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.