Oh please be true. Please be true. This would be the cherry on top of the Anthony Weiner fall-from-grace sundae. Losing his gig in Congress only to have to watch his party’s nomination for the gig he always wanted… go to an actor. Scratch that… go to a Baldwin. You really couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried.
He’s got the background… NY voters and Twitter followers may never even know the difference…
The “30 Rock” star, who has long talked about running for political office, believes Weinergate has shaken up the field of candidates enough that he might have a chance to win, a friend of the actor told The Daily.
“Alec said, ‘Hey, maybe this changes the race. The dynamics have shifted,’ ” said Baldwin’s pal.
“The Democrats need a high-profile candidate, and Alec can fill that bill.”
Baldwin, a die-hard Democrat originally from Massapequa, a suburb on Long Island, N.Y., has said 2012 will be his last year on “30 Rock,” which would free him up for a 2013 mayoral run.
Meanwhile, Baldwin probably won’t be able to run for Weiner’s congressional seat representing parts of Brooklyn and Queens, even if he wanted to. As a result of the last census, New York State is expected to lose two seats.
“They’ll take one Republican district upstate, and one Democratic district in the city,” said one political operative. “Weiner can say goodbye to his seat.”
Baldwin said in an interview with CNN’s Eliot Spitzer in January that he was “very interested” in running for office. He said he had been approached in the past about political offices outside New York, but that he would prefer to live in the Big Apple.
Think Progress is buying the “friend of the guy” source/plausible flirtation and thinks it’s not that far-fetched.
He does seem to have a knack for just the sort of thing one has to be accustomed to in NYC politics…