For a while, Alec Baldwin was doing his damnedest to sow the seeds of a possible mayoral run in New York City. Or at least to drum up enough buzz so it appeared that he was kind of serious about it, which it turns out (to few people’s surprise) he’s not; Baldwin said on WNYC today that he “doubts” he’ll have a political career. As for the mayoral race itself:
‘ve lost my appetite. Plus the people that are running for mayor – I know this is terrible – I look at them and I don’t see myself in that crowd. They’re like a guy on a date that you can tell he just can’t wait to get his hand up your blouse before even the lights go out in the theatre. They’re all just so horny for it. Horny for their own ascension. Whereas for me, I’ve got a job now – which, I’ve got a good job. Is the most creative thing in the world? Am I doing The Insider with Michael Mann? Am I doing some edgy, like finely chiseled social drama? No. Am I doing To Kill a Mockingbird? No, I’m doing a sitcom. But we have fun, and it’s a family and I love [sic] in New York and I’ve got a life, it’s been a great harbor for me in my life. Give this up for what? I give up money and fame and position and success, I give up this wonderful life I have now in exchange for the chance to really change things. Yeah, I’m not quite sure you can any more.
Are you glad to know that Alec Baldwin is not “horny for his own ascension”? Apart from the purple prose, this actually is a very reasonable excuse for not becoming a vanity mayoral candidate.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 21, 2011