Acting Mayor? Alec Baldwin Reportedly Mulling Mayoral Run After Weiner Scandal
In an exclusive report in The Daily, Richard Johnson reports 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin–long an activist in Democratic politics and someone who’s toyed with a run for office–is now seriously considering a run for mayor of New York, now that Rep. Anthony Weiner “appears to have sexted himself out of the 2013 race,” writes Johnson.
Johnson quotes a friend of Baldwin’s who says the collapse of Weiner’s viability as a candidate for mayor shuffles the deck and leaves an opening for a high profile star entry like Baldwin:
“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.
Baldwin recently told CNN’s Eliot Spitzer of his desire to enter politics. Watch it here, from CNN:
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