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Baldwin sees Weiner’s implosion as opportunity for him in 2013 (Can you say Mayor Alec Baldwin?)
The Daily ^ | 06/08/2011 | Richard Johnson

Posted on 06/08/2011 11:00:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Alec Baldwin is mulling a run for mayor of New York City now that kinky Congressman Anthony Weiner appears to have sexted himself out of the 2013 race.

The “30 Rock” star, who has long talked about running for political office, believes Weinergate has shaken up the field of candidates enough that he might have a chance to win, a friend of the actor told The Daily.

“Alec said, ‘Hey, maybe this changes the race. The dynamics have shifted,’ ” said Baldwin’s pal.

“The Democrats need a high-profile candidate, and Alec can fill that bill.”

Baldwin, a die-hard Democrat originally from Massapequa, a suburb on Long Island, N.Y., has said 2012 will be his last year on “30 Rock,” which would free him up for a 2013 mayoral run.

He’d be the biggest name by far to throw his hat in the ring to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg at “the second hardest job” in the nation, Weiner’s dream gig before his sordid fall from grace.

Bloomberg, who had New York City’s term-limit law rewritten to win his third term, isn’t expected to run again in 2013. The likely candidates include City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilman Bill de Blasio, and former New York comptroller Bill Thompson, who narrowly lost to Bloomberg in 2009.

Meanwhile, Baldwin probably won’t be able to run for Weiner’s congressional seat representing parts of Brooklyn and Queens, even if he wanted to. As a result of the last census, New York State is expected to lose two seats.

“They’ll take one Republican district upstate, and one Democratic district in the city,” said one political operative. “Weiner can say goodbye to his seat.”

Baldwin, 53, famous for his liberal politics, has been talking about the possibility of running for office since the ’90s.

“Is this something that I want to do? Yes,” Baldwin said in a 1997 New York magazine cover story on his political ambitions. But he said it didn’t seem like the right time.

“The men and women that run the world are in their 50s. It takes time to build that kind of thing. I’m 39.”

Fast-forward 11 years. In a 2008 interview on “60 Minutes,” Baldwin mused about being in his 50s and said it was possible that politics would be his second act.

“There’s no age limit on running for office, to a degree,” he said. It’s “something I might do, one day.”

Last year, the New York Daily News reported that the Working Families Party had considered Baldwin as a replacement candidate for its gubernatorial ticket, after a federal probe cast doubt on whether Andrew Cuomo would accept their ballot line. Baldwin’s spokesman told the newspaper he wasn’t interested.

Baldwin said in an interview with CNN’s Eliot Spitzer in January that he was “very interested” in running for office. He said he had been approached in the past about political offices outside New York, but that he would prefer to live in the Big Apple.

“I do believe that people want to believe that someone who deeply cares about the middle class … would like to seek public office,” Baldwin said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alecbaldwin; mayor; newyorkcity; weiner; weinergate

1 posted on 06/08/2011 11:00:20 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

No, but I can say Mayor Schwetty Balls. Fits better.


2 posted on 06/08/2011 11:01:09 AM PDT by mancini
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To: SeekAndFind

The body didn’t even hit the floor yet.


3 posted on 06/08/2011 11:02:58 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: SeekAndFind
Why not. When you have a circus to run, get a clown for mayor.
4 posted on 06/08/2011 11:04:57 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SeekAndFind

The guy who called his own daughter a pig?


5 posted on 06/08/2011 11:05:14 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s okay with me. But then again, I don’t live in NYC.

And, it disturbs me to even THINK this, but — Baldwin might actually do a better job than that brain-dead fascist who is their mayor right now.

(And trust me, that’s saying something because there are probably only a few dozen people currently infesting this earth whom I despise more than I despise Alec Baldiwn — Michael Bloomberg being one of them)


6 posted on 06/08/2011 11:08:38 AM PDT by WayneS ("I hope you know this will go down on your PERMANENT record...")
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe New York City “IS” all Gay Parade no condom!!!..


7 posted on 06/08/2011 11:10:25 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: SeekAndFind

NYC and Alec Baldwin deserve each other.


8 posted on 06/08/2011 11:10:51 AM PDT by no dems (When I learn that a person, regardless of who they are, is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: bkepley
The guy who called his own daughter a pig?

If he runs, and I was his opponent, I'd use that in a campaign ad.
9 posted on 06/08/2011 11:12:16 AM PDT by no dems (When I learn that a person, regardless of who they are, is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Lol, I can say “New Detroit”.


10 posted on 06/08/2011 11:15:51 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: mancini

Wasn’t Baldwin supposed to move to France?


11 posted on 06/08/2011 11:19:53 AM PDT by donhunt (I am sick and tired of those bastards insulting and lying to me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Seize the Weiner, Alec, seize the Weiner.


12 posted on 06/08/2011 11:21:15 AM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: donhunt
Wasn’t Baldwin supposed to move to France?

Yes, he was, but they found out he had schwetty balls and turned him away.

13 posted on 06/08/2011 11:21:47 AM PDT by mancini
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To: Psalm 144

New Detroit! That’s about how it’ll be.

We’re going on 20 years without “official” Democrats in the mayor’s seat. Time to elect another Dinkins and have to learn a hard lesson again.


14 posted on 06/08/2011 11:25:41 AM PDT by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Democrats need a high-profile candidate, and Alec can fill that bill.”

I like the way they weigh the qualifications of potential candidates. On the other hand, I guess it worked for arnold. No one will ever go broke betting against the intelligence of the average voter.

15 posted on 06/08/2011 11:29:25 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: All

If he runs, his opponents should run the tape of him calling his daughter a pig 24/7...


16 posted on 06/08/2011 11:36:30 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: SeekAndFind

Go ahead Alec, run for Mayor. I dare you. You just go ahead and run.


17 posted on 06/08/2011 11:53:55 AM PDT by bilhosty (Don' t tax people tax newsprint)
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To: SeekAndFind

This would be fine with me. NYC and Alec deserve each other.


18 posted on 06/08/2011 12:07:06 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: SeekAndFind

Any New Yorker who votes for Baldwin deserves him— and my laughter.


19 posted on 06/08/2011 12:14:27 PM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: mancini

Nailed it! Loved that skit. Can you imagine how much fun Sean will have if Baldwin runs?


20 posted on 06/08/2011 12:19:54 PM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: 70th Division
Can you imagine how much fun Sean will have if Baldwin runs?

Not to mention SNL!

21 posted on 06/08/2011 12:24:01 PM PDT by mancini
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To: SeekAndFind

New York will SOOOOOO deserve what they get if they go for that.

He will make Arnold Schwarzenegger look competent by comparison.


22 posted on 06/08/2011 12:25:50 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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