First stop, 30 Rock. Next stop...Gracie Mansion?
Alec Baldwin is rumored to be considering a run for mayor of New York City in 2013, now that U.S. Rep Anthony Weiner--once considered a promising contender for the Democratic nomination--has, to put it mildly, seriously damaged his credibility with his twitpic scandal.
This certainly isn't the first time Baldwin has been a subject of speculation as far as public office goes. He certainly loves himself some NYC and he likes to tweet about economic issues. And, he's already got an inauguration-ball tux.
Hang onto your talking points, because this rumor is...
About as true as it can be, considering the election is more than two years away!
"I wouldn't rule it out," Baldwin's rep, Matthew Hiltzik, told the Hollywood Reporter.
Though a 2013 mayoral run would presumably mean that the two-time Emmy winner will have finished playing Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock (a turn of events we aren't quite ready to confront at the moment), it would certainly add some flair to primary season!
"I do believe that people want to believe that someone who deeply cares about the middle class...would like to seek public office," Baldwin told disgraced governor-turned-CNN host Eliot Spitzer in January.
Then again, if anyone is still an Anthony Weiner supporter in 2013, it might be Baldwin--who, of course, is no stranger to scandal himself.
In an article he wrote for the Huffington Post that went up today, Baldwin calls the tarnished politician "a modern human being."
"My thought on Weiner is that he is a very busy man," the actor wrote. "Like most, although not all, politicians, he probably spends a great deal of time going to meetings, raising campaign funds and seizing upon every opportunity to remind people of how great he is as a public servant and a human being. It's exhausting. He exists under a constant pressure cooker of self-analysis and public appraisal. Like other politicians, he needs something to take the edge off."
Yeah, that's the point where some might start to argue with Baldwin's reasoning, but he perseveres.
"A modern cell phone, loaded with contacts of willing fellow players, has a table with a red checkered table cloth ready for you at virtually any time," he continued.
"Weiner is a modern human being. So he ensnared himself in things that modern humans do. When I first heard about his problems, I snickered and made jokes, too. Now, I'm sad for him, his family, his district and his colleagues. Let he who is without sin....."
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