A lot of celebrities decide to turn to politics when they get bored with acting, Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger being two of the most notable ones. According to the New York Times, Alec Baldwin, at age 53, might want to add his name to the list and run for mayor of New York someday soon.
Don’t worry, though. Alec Baldwin wants to do this right. He has said that he is not planning on running in the upcoming 2013 election. First, he wants to finish his contract with “30 Rock,” attend graduate school, and then move from Long Island to New York City. He’s in this for the long haul.
“30 Rock” will wrap up in April and after that, Baldwin will only returning for the occasional episode, although I’m not sure how long the show will last without Jack Donaghy.
Baldwin wants to enroll in school for the fall semester of 2012. He told the Times that he is currently talking to two major universities and will study politics and government “to help me better understand what the fiscal imperatives of the job are.”
The next step will be moving out of his long-term home in Ammagansett on Long Island, selling his Upper West Side apartment, and moving to downtown New York to be closer to his girlfriend (a 27 year-old yoga instructor).
In the interview, Baldwin appeared knowledgeable of current government issues. He had a coherent conversation with the interviewer about Mayor Bloomberg, city council speaker Christine Quinn, and former representative Weiner. Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time he has considered running for a public office. He has previously been asked to run for the Senate in Connecticut and governor of California, but he has never wanted to leave New York.
He feels that it will be his turn to run for office in the city he loves very soon, but first, he wants to be as prepared as possible so as to avoid making a fool out of himself.
I think Mr. Baldwin is very committed to these ambitions, but the question still remains, will he be a good mayor?
Would you vote for Alec Baldwin as mayor of New York?
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