A North Carolina Democratic Party consultant has told the AP that singer and American Idol alum Clay Aiken is considering a run for Congress as a Democrat.

Consultant Gary Pearce said that Aiken has spoken to him and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) about representing North Carolina's 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House, which is currently occupied by Rep. Renee Ellmers, a Republican.

Gay weekly the Washington Blade recently cited two unnamed Democratic sources in reporting Aiken's interest in a potential bid.

The 35-year-old Aiken came out gay on the cover of People magazine in 2008, five years after his second-place finish on Fox's American Idol. He is currently raising one son, Parker Foster Aiken.