Alec Baldwin Not Running Against Lieberman

08/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Sam Stein Senior Politics Editor, The Huffington Post

Alec Baldwin has flirted with the idea of running for public office for a long time. And the election of Sen. Al Franken in Minnesota has only fueled speculation that the 30 Rock star would use the upcoming elections to dip his toe in the political waters.

Recently, Baldwin floated the idea of taking on Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) who is a thorn in the side of progressives like himself. Baldwin even discussed with Playboy the idea of moving to Connecticut to launch a campaign.

"I'd love to run against Joe Lieberman," he said. "I have no use for him."

Alas, as Baldwin went on to note, the idea of being a senator from Connecticut is, at this juncture, merely a fantasy. And in a blog for the Huffington Post, the politically active movie star seemed to remove any speculation about a possible campaign in the Nutmeg State, though he left the door noticeably open about a future in politics.

"Lastly, no I am not moving to Connecticut to run against Joe Lieberman," Baldwin wrote. "As much as I think Lieberman is an enormous letdown to the party that gave him their nomination for vice president, I am sure that Democratic Party leaders in that state will take care of themselves."

"Running for public office involves among the most sacred trusts that one can enter into and I would like to give that a lot of serious thought before I decide if that is right for me and the voters I would potentially serve," he adds.

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