Actor Alec Baldwin is thinking about running for public office. The 30 Rock star has always had an interest in politics but hasn’t considered running before. Baldwin says he would consider running now, because the “leading elite” haven’t done much to solve the country’s problems.
According to a report from the Huffington Post, Baldwin spoke with Eliot Spitzer on CNN, and explained what he means by “leading elite.”
“I don’t want to say this in an anti-elitist way,” Baldwin explains, “But we’ve had men who are Ivy League groomed running this country since 1988. We’ve had 22 years of Yale and Harvard running this country, right now, and the problems aren’t getting solved.”
Alec Baldwin believes he could better connect with today’s middle class Americans. Of course, this is all well and good, but can Baldwin truly understand the plight of middle class America?
It’s not likely he drives a six-year-old Ford or buys his groceries at Walmart. The actor claims that his income status is irrelevant. He says that even though he has attained wealth and a high status job as an actor, that doesn’t mean he is any different from a middle class American, noting that people in “his business” of acting work very hard.
Will Alec Baldwin really quit acting and run for public office? It certainly isn’t out of the question. In 2009 the 30 Rock star threatened to quit his job and run against Senator Joe Lieberman.
Should we expect to see “Alec Baldwin for President” signs adorning our American lawns come later this year? Probably not. But a run for a lesser office wouldn’t be all too big a surprise. Even Baldwin’s fellow actors say he is politically outspoken and one who frequently takes action.
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