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Clay Aiken And Raven-Symoné Survey North Carolinians About HB2

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.30.2016 | Home

The battle over North Carolina's anti-queer House Bill 2 is far from over -- and now two celebrities, who also identify as members of the LGBT communi...

Clay Aiken Gained 30 Pounds Eating Bojangles Chicken During His Campaign

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 04.28.2016 | Home

Life on the campaign trail is not conducive to good health. The days are long. The stress is intense. The sleep is fleeting. The food is plentiful -- ...

Why Clay Aiken Didn't Fully Embrace Being Gay Until The Day After His Campaign Ended

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 02.20.2017 | Home

When he launched a long-shot, quixotic campaign for Congress, Clay Aiken held no illusions about how the public would perceive his sexuality. He was a...

Clay Aiken Is Still Plagued By Guilt Over His Primary Opponent's Death

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 02.20.2017 | Home

Clay Aiken's congressional run in 2014 was never going to be a typical political affair. Not only was he a former "American Idol" and reality televisi...

Ready for Hillary. Voting for Bernie.

Clay Aiken | Posted 03.14.2016 | Home
Clay Aiken

Secretary Clinton has hewed to telling us all what is possible and what's realistic. She is already acting as if she has the job. But she is forgetting that to actually win the position, it takes more than feasibility. It takes inspiration.

Why in the Hell Is Clay Aiken on CNN?

Clay Aiken | Posted 03.08.2016 | Home
Clay Aiken

While Trump is legitimately terrifying, I would argue that the rise of outside politicians like Trump and Sanders may ultimately be a good thing for our country. Maybe these aren't end times after all. Maybe it's a beginning.

WATCH: 5 LGBT Celebrities Share Their Coming-Out Stories

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

The process of coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or any other non-heteronormative sexual identity can be both daunting and cathartic. Even after mu...

A Little Celebritician History

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.12.2016 | Home
Chris Weigant

The victories of both Schwarzenegger and Ventura do have one very important lesson to teach, one that so far is mostly being ignored by most everyone in the political world. The lesson might be phrased: "Strange things happen when the political and entertainment worlds collide."

Lauren Duca

How Clay Aiken Turned His 'American Idol' Loss Into A Bid For Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Lauren Duca | Posted 04.30.2015 | Home

It can be difficult to take Clay Aiken seriously. He's best known as the spiky-haired red-head, who lost to Ruben Studdard on "American Idol" in 2004 ...

Clay Aiken Opens Up About Being The 'Universal Punchline For Everything Gay'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

"American Idol" veteran and former North Carolina Democratic House candidate Clay Aiken joked that he's become the "universal punchline for everything...

Clay Aiken: My Campaign Faced So Much Cynicism, We Called It 'What The F**k Mountain'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.07.2015 | Home

Clay Aiken, the runner-up from the second season of "American Idol" who lost his bid for Congress in North Carolina in 2014, told HuffPost Live he fac...

Yet Again, Clay Aiken Finishes Second

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Home

Democrat and former "American Idol" star Clay Aiken was defeated by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) in the state's 2nd District Tuesday. Ellmers, who ...

Clay Aiken's Latest Attack Ad Is Off Key

FactCheck.org | Posted 10.21.2014 | Home

The Following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. Clay Aiken’s latest attack ad against incumbent Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers hits a couple o...

Is the World Ready for Out, Black Male Artists?

Donovan Thompson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Donovan Thompson

Fortunately, finally, we are being offered great music from real performers that happen to be gay like Sam Smith, but it's not enough. As a black man, I would love to celebrate artists that can offer a multitude of truthful creative stories on a larger scale.

Clay Aiken Thinks Jennifer Lawrence Deserved To Get Nude Pictures Stolen

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 09.19.2014 | Home

Clay Aiken, the "American Idol" phenomenon who is now running for Congress in North Carolina, had tough words for celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence w...

Clay Aiken Is Unlikely to Oust Renee Ellmers in North Carolina, Even With Bill Maher's Help

Steven Greene | Posted 11.12.2014 | Home
Steven Greene

While Ellmers is not overwhelmingly popular and has made her share of mis-steps (i.e., Congress needs to dumb things down to speak "on a woman's level;"), there is little reason at this point to believe Aiken will be able to claim this seat.

10 Things I Didn't Know About Clay Aiken

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.27.2014 | San Francisco
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Clay Aiken was in San Francisco fundraising for his run for North Carolina's 2nd Congressional district. Here are 10 things I learned about him: ...

5 Easy Things That Members of Congress Could Be Doing for Our Military and Veterans, But Aren't

Clay Aiken | Posted 10.22.2014 | Home
Clay Aiken

Encouraging companies to hire veterans and supporting veteran entrepreneurship should be a no-brainer. Our veterans leave the armed forces equipped with leadership and specialized skills and a sense of duty that can't be taught in a classroom.

Déjà Vu All Over Again: From Akin to Ellmers to Aiken

Jane Fonda | Posted 09.23.2014 | Home
Jane Fonda

North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, who is running against Clay Aiken this November, urged the Republican Party, especially men in the party, to bring policy discussion "down to a woman's level."

Friday Talking Points -- Brain Damage

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.16.2014 | Home
Chris Weigant

Karl Rove successfully manipulated the entire news media this week. Rove's specialty is to take what could be considered a reasonable idea, and then twist it beyond recognition while dragging it through the swampiest mud he can dream up.

Clay Aiken's Dem Opponent Found Dead Days After Primary

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.13.2014 | Home

Former North Carolina Commerce Secretary and businessman Keith Crisco, who challenged former "American Idol" star Clay Aiken for the Democratic nomina...

Friday Talking Points -- Benghazi Frenzy!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.09.2014 | Home
Chris Weigant

There was a noticeable change this week. Republicans as a whole seem to be pivoting away from their stated singular campaign theme of "Obamacare is the root of all the country's problems."

Stephen Colbert Demands To Know Why Clay Aiken Is Running For Congress

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 05.01.2014 | Home

"American Idol" runner up Clay Aiken is running for congress from the great state of North Carolina, and Stephen Colbert wants to know why. Watch ...

Clay Aiken: Gay Marriage Is 'Not An Issue That's On The Radar For Most People' In His State District

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

"American Idol" veteran Clay AIken spoke to HuffPost Live this week about his decision to run for office in his home state. The openly gay Aiken, ...

Clay Aiken: 'American Idol' Is More Dignified Than Running For Congress

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.01.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Clay Aiken came in second during his stint on "American Idol" in 2003, but now he's part of a totally different kind of popularity contest -- a bid fo...