While celebrities have teased the country with their potential aspirations in the political arena -- Kelsey Grammar, Donald Trump, the list goes on -- it looks like the one with enough guts to go through with the endeavor is Alec Baldwin. He may have gone back and forth in the past, but the popular actor confirmed in an interview with The New York Times that he would love to run for the Mayor of New York City, but he has a few things to wrap up beforehand.
The 53-year-old actor wants to finish his work on the hit television show 30 Rock before turning his focus to politics, so don't expect him to run in the 2013 election. He's under contract to shoot the next season of the show, which wraps in April 2012 and after that's over, he has mentioned the idea of going back to school in the fall. Baldwin is talking with two top universities about enrolling in a master’s program in politics and government “to help [him] better understand what the fiscal imperatives of that job are." You gotta give the guy credit for wanting to do his homework. The Emmy winner realizes he would be taking a risk by entering the unknown territory of politics, admitting “I am someone who is fully prepared for the fact that I could go into this and do it and completely have my ass kicked...I could throw a party and no one could come. And it would be this staggering lesson for me.” Being no stranger to scandals of his own (we all remember the leaked answering machine tapes where he called his then 11 year old daughter a "pig"), Baldwin should fit right in to politics quite nicely. Now is this for real or is Alec just being all-talk about running? Who knows. We'll just have to see what fate has in store for the city of New York.