Alec Baldwin to run for mayor of New York City?
Alec Baldwin is reportedly considering a run for mayor of New York City, following news that Rep. Anthony Weiner might pull out of the race due to his recent photo scandal.
Baldwin hinted at his campaign, Tweeting on Wednesday: "It's a long way till November of 2013," which is the date of the next mayoral election in New York City.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, a friend of the actor told The Daily that the actor saw a shift in the dynamics and saw a potential opening in the race, "The Democrats need a high-profile candidate, and Alec can fill that bill."
The actor's spokesperson, Matthew Hiltzik, also addressed the issue on Twitter, writing: "I wouldn't rule it out."
The 53-year-old actor has played Jack Donaghy on the NBC comedy series "30 Rock" since it debuted in 2006 and has one season left on his contract with NBC. Baldwin, who has not ruled out a political career, has said he will leave at that point.
In January, Baldwin told CNN's Eliot Spitzer that he was interested in politics but said that to quit acting would be "enormously difficult."
"It would be easier for me to run if I moved - California or Connecticut or somewhere," Baldwin, a New York resident, told the Associated Press. "And I'm not prepared to do that right now."
Baldwin has meanwhile been keeping busy with his movie career. He stars in the upcoming film adaptation of the Broadway hit "Rock of Ages."
The film is based on the hit Broadway musical, which features 1980s "hair metal" hits from bands like Journey, Bon Jovi, and Twisted Sister. Baldwin, who has appeared in films such as "Beetlejuice" and "It's Complicated," portrays Dennis Dupree, an ex-rocker who runs a club in Los Angeles' famed Sunset Strip rock district.
Baldwin recently addressed Harvard Law School's graduating class. He told students that he should have pursued a law degree instead of becoming an actor.
Baldwin graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has received three Golden Globe Awards, two Emmys, five SAG Awards and the Television Critics Award for his role as Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock."
"I wanted to be President of the United States, so I needed to get my hands on a law degree," Baldwin told Harvard's 2011 graduating class, The Harvard Crimson reported. "Nearly every day since then, I wondered what would [have happened] if I had the patience, skill, or good fortune."