08/27/2014 04:18 pm ET Updated Oct 27, 2014

10 Things I Didn't Know About Clay Aiken

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:

1. He and Armistead Maupin are from the same town.

2. I knew about American Idol, but not about him being on Celebrity Apprentice (he came in second to Arsenio Hall)

3. Reuben Studdard has endorsed his bid for Congress.

4. He is into selfies and uses the hashtag #selfieswithClay.

5. If elected he will be the first openly gay Congressperson representing the deep south.

6. He is an eighth generation North Carolinian.

7. He taught children with autism for two years.

8. His opponent died before he won the Democratic primary.

9. His birth name is Clayton Holmes Grissom.

10. He is a best selling author of "Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life"