Alec Baldwin Weighs Run for NYC Mayor

Weiner's downfall may create opening for 30 Rock star
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2011 4:00 AM CDT
Alec Baldwin Weighs Run for NYC Mayor
Alec Baldwin is believed to be considering a move from '30 Rock' to City Hall.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

With Anthony Weiner's hopes of becoming mayor of New York City rapidly shriveling, Alec Baldwin spies an opportunity. The 30 Rock star is believed to be considering throwing his hat into the ring now that the front-runner is fading, reports the Wall Street Journal. With the primary still two years away, "I wouldn't rule it out," says Baldwin's spokesman. "It's a long way till November of 2013," tweeted the actor, a Democrat.

"Alec said, ‘Hey, maybe this changes the race. The dynamics have shifted,'" a friend of the actor's tells the Daily. "The Democrats need a high-profile candidate, and Alec can fill that bill.” Baldwin has long discussed the possibility of running for office. In a 2008 interview with Playboy, he speculated that a misstep by somebody else could create an opening for him. "Unfortunately, an opportunity for me may mean bad things for someone else," he said. "I don't wish that." (Read more Weinergate stories.)

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