Alec Baldwin considers running for governor of Ohio (update)

Alec Baldwin has admitted in the past that he’s considered going into politics, and apparently the desire is still there. Baldwin, a staunch liberal, has received offers of help from all sorts of folks, and says he was recently approached by a law firm in Ohio that wants him to run for their state’s governor.

Alec Baldwin, a regular Huffington Post contributor, has been talking about running for political office for years now. It seems he’s still considering switching careers someday. “The desire is there,” Baldwin said in an interview with Playboy magazine this month. Last year, Baldwin told CBS’ 60 Minutes that running for office is “something I might do one day.” He was even more candid in his latest comments. The “30 Rock” star said that an Ohio law firm has already contacted him about a gubernatorial run, and he added that he would “love to run against Joe Lieberman.”

Playboy: Will you run for office?

Baldwin: I’ll put it this way. The desire is there; that’s one component. The other component is opportunity. A law firm in a liberal Democratic bastion in Ohio state politics sent me a binder with a cover letter that read, “Mr. Baldwin, here’s who we represent, the kinds of cases we handle, our credentials in Ohio state politics. We want you to move to Ohio and run for governor. We will launch your career.”

Playboy: Could you live in Ohio?

Baldwin: I have sometimes thought I could move to New Jersey or Connecticut and run. I’d love to run against Joe Lieberman. I have no use for him. But it’s all fantasy. I’m a carry-me-out-in-a-box New Yorker. Here, anything can happen. Who thought Eliot Spitzer would go down the way he did? Senator Hillary Clinton left to serve as secretary of state. Two of the biggest forces gone. Maybe Andrew Cuomo will run for one of their old seats. 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. Unfortunately, an opportunity for me may mean bad things for someone else. I don’t wish that.

If he does decide to enter the political fray, however, Baldwin says his competitors will have a plenty to use against him.

PLAYBOY: Did you turn down any (SNL) sketches for being too outrageous?

BALDWIN: 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… I’m thinking, If I run for political office, they’ll have a forest of material to kill me with.

[From the Huffington Post]

I think Baldwin is right about the forest of material. As much as I normally admit to liking the guy, I think it’s just because of how much I adore him on “30 Rock.” He’s got a legendary temper that can lead to fiery dramatics. Great for reporters, but I doubt he could actually get much done politically unless he could tone it down. Big egos are common in politics so I don’t really think that would hurt him – but you’ve got to earn it, and though actors have obviously gone into politics before, I’m not sure that Baldwin could make the transition.

Update: This post previously had photos of a man that the photo agency claimed was Alec Baldwin. The photos were not Baldwin and have been replaced.

Alec Baldwin is shown grabbing Marci Klein, a producer on 30 Rock and one of his bosses, on 3/30/09. Credit: Fame Pictures


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  1. Ray says:

    Too bad that’s clearly NOT Alec Baldwin.

  2. HashBrowns says:

    LOL. I was about to say…who is that dude, because it ain’t Alec Baldwin.

  3. Colleen says:

    Ummm, if that is Alec Baldwin, I’m Tina Fey.

  4. Neelyo says:

    I was thinking the same thing, is that him? The guy doesn’t look hirsute enough and too tall. I don’t think that’s him.

  5. Lisa says:

    Nope, clearly not Alex Baldwin.

  6. Feebee says:

    Glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t think those photos are of Alec Baldwin.

    The forest of material is at least out in the open. He could dismiss most of it by claiming it’s old news and how does it preclude him from being a competent political representative? In what is fast becoming an ‘era’ of politicians with sexual scandals being made public, is Alec Baldwin really that unsavoury? I say no.

  7. Lynn says:

    Hmmm, with his shirt off he looks NOTHING LIKE ALEC BALDWIN!!!

  8. fizXgirl314 says:

    lol why is this being published as alec baldwin? come on… that’s just nonesense…

  9. j. ferber says:

    Who is this guy? Not Baldwin, for sure.

  10. Dirty Martini says:

    Looks like Joey Buttafuco to me.

  11. Jen says:

    Yeeeeeeah, that’s not Alec Baldwin.

  12. Cari says:

    @ Lynn: That was too f*ing funny! 🙂

  13. Megan says:

    erm… epic fail

  14. Lem says:

    I dunno kinda thought it looks like Daniel, no who’s the other one???

    Anyway, I hear Alaska has an opening there. Maybe they could move the whole Baldwin clan.
    (sorry Alaska)

  15. Legend says:

    Alec Baldwin would have a snowball’s chance in Hell at getting elected. Let’s see, there’s the ex-wife obsession, the tape of him calling his child a pig, one religious fanatic brother and another drug addict brother. My chances are better and I’m not American.

  16. Julie says:

    Oh god, please tell me this is a bad joke! I have a friend that lives in Ohio. I’ll be sure to tell her to move A.S.A.P!

  17. Wresa says:

    Haha I forgot he even lived here, so you can imagine his vast involvement in Ohio politics!!

    Well, if an actor can become president…

  18. BlueSkies says:

    He’s been hobknobbing in the Hamptons with the Kennedy clan for years and he is a Mayflower descendant and of course, I don’t know if he’s signed up with SAR. No surprise but he’d better get a handle on the drinking and rage problem.

  19. CandyKay says:

    If Al Franken can be elected senator – and apparently he can – then Alec Baldwin can certainly do the same.

  20. mel says:

    I will not vote for Alec Baldwin! Please go away!

  21. tinarog says:

    Ohio doesn’t want him!