Alec Baldwin is serious about running for mayor of New York

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We'd already heard, thanks to the ever reliable and talkative "sources close to the actor" or some such, that Alec Baldwin was mulling over some political ambitions in the wake of Rep. Anthony Weiner's scandal and resignation. With one of the obvious Democratic front runners out of the race, maybe there was room for an outspoken, liberal actor whose brilliant turn on a brilliant sitcom made most people forget that time he called his daughter and sort of threatened to hit her with a brick.

Well, it looks like that source was very right! In a recent interview with the Times, Baldwin made it clear that he was, in fact, thinking about a run for the mayoral office. Though perhaps not right away, considering his commitments to 30 Rock and, you know, his wanting to learn how to do the job:

Mr. Baldwin said that he would probably sit out in 2013 but run in a later election, and that he wanted to educate himself about the mayor’s office first. He is talking with two top universities about enrolling in a master’s program in politics and government “to help me better understand what the fiscal imperatives of that job are,” he said. “What’s the reality of the city unions, of contracts, agreements, teachers, infrastructure, decentralizing, everything? And utilities, Con Ed, the M.T.A. — how does it all work?”

Baldwin also took some shots at another potential high-profile Democratic candidate, City Council speaker Christine Quinn, for supporting Mayor Bloomberg's change to the term limit laws that allowed him to serve as mayor a third time. See, he already knows how to play the game! New York City readers, would you vote for Baldwin if he ran?