Alec Baldwin May Run for Mayor, But Not Yet

Actor says his "30 Rock" commitments make a 2013 run impossible.

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011  |  Updated 8:39 AM EDT
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Alec Baldwin says he's thinking of running for mayor of New York, but not until he learns more about the job.      

The "30 Rock'' actor tells The New York Times he'll sit out 2013 but will consider running in a later election.      

In a wide-ranging interview, the 53-year-old actor says he's talking with two top universities about enrolling in a master's program in politics and government. He says he wants to better understand the fiscal imperatives of the mayor's job.      

He says running in 2013 also is impossible because he's obligated to complete the current season of "30 Rock.''      

He says he plans to establish a permanent city residence before running. His legal residence is in Amagansett, on Long Island.

He has owned a Manhattan apartment for two decades.      

For Baldwin, the term-limits issue is a significant divider between the current mayor and him.

“All the Bloomberg supporters look at me and say, ‘What do you got against Bloomberg?’" he told the Times. "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.”

Baldwin also told the paper he didn't believe City Council Speaker Christine Quinn could win the mayoral election because she voted in favor of striking the term limits law so Bloomberg could run for a third term.
 

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