“30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin, a new contributor to the Twitterverse, is reportedly considering a run for mayor of New York City now that Congressman Anthony Weiner has a tarnished political image.
The “It’s Complicated” funnyman, who said earlier this year that he’s “very, very interested” in seeking office, says Weiner’s Twitter scandal might enhance his own chance at getting elected for the mayor position.
“Alec said, ‘Hey, maybe this changes the race. The dynamics have shifted,’” Baldwin’s buddy told The Daily. “The Democrats need a high-profile candidate, and Alec can fill that bill.”
Baldwin, a staunch Democrat from Long Island, has been a Huffington Post blogger for more than five years and contributed a voice-over for one of PETA’s “Meet Your Meat” public service announcements.
In 2006, Baldwin told the New York Times, “If I ever ran for anything, the thing I would like to be is governor of New York.”
When asked if he was qualified for office, Baldwin explained to the Times, “That’s what I hate about Schwarzenegger. His only credentials are that he ran a fitness program under some bygone president … I’m Tocqueville compared to Arnold Schwarzenegger.”
Baldwin, who graduated from New York University, told television host Eliot Spitzer that the country needs a non-Ivy League educated president for a change.
“I don’t want to say this in an anti-elitist way, but we’ve had men who are Ivy League groomed running this country since 1988,” Baldwin said. “We’ve had 22 years of Yale and Harvard running this country right now, and the problems aren’t getting solved.”