Skip to comments.Baldwin sees Weiner’s implosion as opportunity for him in 2013 (Can you say Mayor Alec Baldwin?)
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 Baldwins 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.
Hed 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, Weiners dream gig before his sordid fall from grace.
Bloomberg, who had New York Citys term-limit law rewritten to win his third term, isnt 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 wont be able to run for Weiners 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.
Theyll 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 didnt 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. Im 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.
Theres no age limit on running for office, to a degree, he said. Its 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. Baldwins spokesman told the newspaper he wasnt interested.
Baldwin said in an interview with CNNs 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.
No, but I can say Mayor Schwetty Balls. Fits better.
The body didn’t even hit the floor yet.
The guy who called his own daughter a pig?
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)
Maybe New York City “IS” all Gay Parade no condom!!!..
NYC and Alec Baldwin deserve each other.
Lol, I can say “New Detroit”.
Wasn’t Baldwin supposed to move to France?
Seize the Weiner, Alec, seize the Weiner.
Yes, he was, but they found out he had schwetty balls and turned him away.
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.
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.
If he runs, his opponents should run the tape of him calling his daughter a pig 24/7...
Go ahead Alec, run for Mayor. I dare you. You just go ahead and run.
This would be fine with me. NYC and Alec deserve each other.
Any New Yorker who votes for Baldwin deserves him— and my laughter.
Nailed it! Loved that skit. Can you imagine how much fun Sean will have if Baldwin runs?
Not to mention SNL!
New York will SOOOOOO deserve what they get if they go for that.
He will make Arnold Schwarzenegger look competent by comparison.