Alec Baldwin Eyeing Future Run for Mayor of New York

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By Michael Lewittes


Alec Baldwin is gearing up for a mayoral run in New York, but he’s not ready quite yet.

The actor said he’ll sit out the election in 2013, because he’s still committed to “30 Rock” through the season, which ends next April, and because he would like to enroll in a master’s program in the fall of 2012 in an effort to better educate himself about the office of mayor.

Baldwin told the New York Times that he’s talking to two top universities about entering a master’s program in politics and government “to help me better understand what the fiscal imperatives of that job are… What’s the reality of the city unions, of contracts, agreements, teachers, infrastructure, decentralizing, everything? And utilities, Con Ed, the M.T.A. — how does it all work?”

He added that he doesn’t think his past mistakes would hinder him from being a viable candidate. “What I do for a living has provided people with an almost bottomless container of video clips of me doing the most asinine things,” he said. Still, he feels he could weather the criticism, “including the tape of me with my daughter.”

Baldwin also takes a swipe at New York’s current mayor, Mike Bloomberg, who re-wrote the city’s term-limits law in 2008, so that he could run for a third term. “All the Bloomberg supporters look at me and say, ‘What do you got against Bloomberg?’” said Baldwin. “Well, I don’t have anything against Bloomberg, but there are term limits. The whole point is, whether you liked him or didn’t like him, he’s got to go.”

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