July 7th, 2009
12:09 PM ET
5 years ago

Alec Baldwin interested in congressional run

Alec Baldwin told Playboy Magazine that he would 'love to run against Joe Lieberman.'
Alec Baldwin told Playboy Magazine that he would 'love to run against Joe Lieberman.'

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."


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  1. munchmom

    OMG!! This is truly laughable because he is anything but competent. I hope people are not stupid enough to make this happen!

    July 7, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  2. spence

    I wish he'd run as a republican against Governor Paterson of New York.

    July 7, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. Critical Thinker

    He'd be better than Reagan as President someday when he's almost 70.

    July 7, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. Henry Miller

    Another rich Liberal who doesn't see anything wrong with raising everyone else's taxes...

    July 7, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Sorry, Baldwin... your drunken tirade on your daughter leaves many to question your mental stability. I suggest intensive counseling rather than a political career.

    July 7, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. bj, Texas

    Another hollywood left wing loonie elite running for office. Why doesn't he stay home and do what he does best, yell obscenities at his kids over the phone.

    July 7, 2009 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If Al Franken, why can't a Baldwin? Baldwins are a household name. I would love to see him up against Lieberman. That would be a definite victory for the Democratic Party. Liebermna is a Republican in my view.

    July 7, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  8. audacity of a dope

    Wow the dems future is looking bright........First Franken now this clown

    July 7, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. Lowell

    Could be interesting.

    July 7, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. Jim in Florida

    Wouldn't be surprised. Would be just another idiot in DC.

    Why don't we send all the leftist scum actors to DC?

    July 7, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  11. lynn in NM

    Another Billary. You don't have to live in a state – just buy a house somewhere where you think you may have a chance to get elected. Love it!

    July 7, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  12. matt

    Wasn't this guy going to move to Canada if Bush got re-elected in 2004? Oh well, so much for more empty promises.

    July 7, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. yuri

    If Alec, the entertainer is acknowledgin' his case as a topic of heated discussion among his would-be opponents of the political race, Ronnie would not have been installed as a prez. by the people.

    C'mon Alec! If you can shed your ire and short fuse and harness it to constructive use, you can turn the tide and make a difference. Don't get mad, get even!

    July 7, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  14. Ohio Native

    Please not Ohio! We have enough problems without throwing a celebrity into the mix.

    July 7, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. GOPer

    Please do run. This will further lead to the rapid downfall of the Dem's. Who's next, a comedian? Ooops, I forgot, Al Franken was sworn in yesterday.

    July 7, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  16. Donkey Party

    CNN, you are no longer a credible news source. Any story that pertains to the implosion of the GOP is closed for comments. In the few places that comments are allowed, they overwhelmingly come from radical right-wingers, and even your vote of the day has been hijacked by the Neo-cons. If I wanted a right-wing news source, I'd go to FOX News. What happened to you guys? There used to be some balance. Are you owned by Rupert Murdoch now??? It's all very disappointing.

    July 7, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. barbara

    yes Alec, it is a fantasy.

    July 7, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Ron

    More clowns in office. WE have plenty in Arnald, Barack, Nancy, Sanford and the new comedian from Minn.

    July 7, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. Kevin in Ohio

    Why not? He'll be right at home among all the left-wingers seeking to destroy this country once and for all.

    July 7, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  20. DRC

    Another actor with an over-inflated sense of self-worth.

    July 7, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. Ed Dugan, Mountain Home, Arkansas

    I am for anyone running for office that has never run before. Actors have a leg up because of name recognition and he would bring some fresh ideas with him. Another plus is, being an actor, you would never know if he was playing a role or for real. We could use a little entertainment in Washington rather than the depressing, non-stop drivel we are currently getting. I also like the idea that he doesn't need the money. Go for it Alex.

    July 7, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  22. Brian

    He would just be cannon fodder no matter where he were to run. too many of his past comments will come back to haunt him, not least of which was his statement that Ken Starr should be hunted down and killed. Stick to making bad movies.

    July 7, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. Tim

    Maybe we can put him in charge of childhood development efforts, he's done such a great job with his daughter.

    July 7, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. Ron Mexico

    An Actor??? Why not?? For all long as anyone can remember, politicians have been the best actors America can produce. They have always acted like they actually care about the lives of their constituents, the money they waste, or the welfare of the country. They act like celebrities, gansters, and puppets. They spend time each day contemplating their image and have an overwhelming desire to be loved by the masses.

    July 7, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  25. Roger

    Oh no. First Ronald then Arnold, The Body, along comes Franken now this guy. Why do we contiune electing these goofy actors that have done nothing in their life to prepare themselves for these jobs. Have you noticed they always get in politics when their enterainmnet career dries up.

    July 7, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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