WASHINGTON (CNN) – Emmy Award winner Alec Baldwin is eyeing a post-acting career that could take him off a Hollywood soundstage into the halls of Congress.
Baldwin, who currently stars in the NBC comedy "30 Rock," told Playboy magazine that he is seriously considering running for Congress. But he acknowledged his opponents would have plenty of fodder to use against him.
"I'll put it this way," he told the magazine. "The desire is there; that's one component. The other component is opportunity."
A native New Yorker, Baldwin said he has been approached by an unnamed Democratic law firm who wanted him to run for governor of Ohio, and he has also considered moving to New Jersey or Connecticut to run for office. "I'd love to run against Joe Lieberman," Baldwin said of the Independent Democratic senator who is no favorite of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. But Baldwin dismissed the idea, saying "It's all fantasy."
In the interview, he emphasized his New York roots, and noted the unpredictable nature of politics, citing Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Sen. Hillary Clinton's resignations.
He also asked hypothetical questions about the future of Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Rep. Tim Bishop.
"How much longer will Chuck Schumer stay as senator? After 2013 Bloomberg will be gone. What happens then? Do I run for Congress on Long Island? What's Tim Bishop going to do? He represents my district. People get sick, die. They're offered lucrative deals and want to cash in and make money for their retirement. People misstep," he said. "Unfortunately, an opportunity for me may mean bad things for someone else. I don't wish that."
Asked if he had ever turned down a sketch on Saturday Night Live, because it was too outrageous, Baldwin responded, "Probably a few. It's hard to remember. I'm often asked if I think about going into politics. If I do, these guys will have a field day. I've given them so much crap to use against me… If I run for political office, they'll have a forest of material to kill me with."
@MEL IN florida July 7th, 2009 10:32 am ET
It's allright, after all Reagan was an actor
I knew Ronald Reagan..... and HE...IS...NO..... RONALD REAGAN.
Anyone with a temper like Alec's should not be in the public arena. I hope he stays in the entertainment industry. I really do.
LOL – he can campaign by hosting SNL a few dozen more times!
Marcy July 7th, 2009 11:04 am ET
Alec, come to New Jersey, you got my vote!
Yes, please run in new jersey. You'll fit in well there. How many people from New Jersey were killed on 9/11, and yet still elect democrap politicians (New York, too). Most of you deserve the thugs that lead you.
Dutch/Bad Newz, VA
You think Lieberman is a Republican. Take a look at how often he voted with the Democrats in the senate – over 80% of the time.
If you still think he is a republican, then you lack credibility.
Not another Franken! Give me a break....
The Senate has become a true circus.
Wasn't Lord Reagan an actor too?
Yup, he was.
Oh yes, this is what we need!! He is qualified, because he is an actor. No experience is necessary. America's leadership needs people who get paid to read other people's words and pretend to be something that they are not.
Another brainless empty suit.
The abusive answering machine messages Baldwin left for his daughter would make a great campaign commercial.
He should run in Minnesota! They love people who think Americans Lives and money are a joke. We need more people like this clown! You people are nuts!
Ain't no way this douche bag gets elected dog catcher let alone governor of Ohio.
I like Baldwin. He is real but all too abrasive. Just the same, I trust him to be himself which is more than I can say for most politicians. It's hard to dig up fodder on someone whose foibles are so public. He might actually stand a chance at being elected if he doesn't offend his base... which he might.
If you're serious about going into politics, why begin with Playboy magazine?
Hey Mike and Independent: looks like Alec and thousands of other people returned to America once Democracy was re-established this past Nov. Unfortunately for you and the remnant [R] party, these people probably raised the average IQ of the country by 5 points.
"I'm not a political figure but, I do play one on television" Oh, and I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night as well. Get Real!
At least we will finally know what the government did with the Red October...
I'm still holding out for Christopher Walken...