Remember Clay Aiken? Well he's running for a seat in parliament Fri-07-Feb-14 08:43 Former "American Idol" star CLAY AIKEN is running for a North Carolina seat in the U.S. parliament. RUBEN STUDDARD . . . the guy who beat Clay on "Idol" . . . is supporting his run. He Tweeted, "Please support my friend, Clay Aiken," and he linked to Clay's 4 minute campaign video… which is cringey. Share this Become a fan of The Edge on Facebook and on Twitter .