Alec Baldwin "More Than Just Thinking" About Running For Mayor, Brother Says

By Jill Colvin on July 23, 2011 12:39pm 

Actor Alec Baldwin interviews during the Tribeca Talks Directors Series: Doug Liman with Baldwin during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 26, 2011.
Actor Alec Baldwin interviews during the Tribeca Talks Directors Series: Doug Liman with Baldwin during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 26, 2011.
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MANHATTAN — "30 Rock" Star Alec Baldwin is "definitely more than just thinking" about running for mayor of New York City, his brother, Daniel, told CNN's Piers Morgan in an interview Friday.

“I think he’s definitely more than just thinking about it. I have a strange suspicion he’s going to run in 2012. And I think he’ll probably win,” the younger Baldwin said, describing the post as "a launching pad to bigger and better offices."

The race is, in fact, in 2013.

Speculation of Baldwin's political intentions have been swirling since disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner's political meltdown in the wake of a sexting scandal. Weiner had widely been considered a front-runner in the race to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, now serving his third term.

"It's a long way till November of 2013," Alec Baldwin had then Tweeted in response.

But Daniel said his brother has long been plotting a political run.

"I think it has always been a plan of his. There have been open discussions with people for many years now about what would be the most effective way to launch this," he said.

Daniel said that being mayor would also be a launching pad for national office, citing the path of former mayor and failed Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.

“I think that it would be a brilliant move for him in 2012 to run for mayor of New York,” he said.

Daniel also joked that if Alec wins, he wants to enroll in law school so he'll be qualified to be the next Attorney General when his brother is elected President.

“It’s going to be at least two terms in Gracie Mansion,” he predicted.

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