Saturday, December 8, 2012

Politics

Alec Baldwin names Bill De Blasio as his pick for next New York City mayor, knocks Christine Quinn as ‘untrustworthy’

Baldwin reiterated that he won’t run for mayor himself, he told CNN’s Piers Morgan, saying he’s too busy to put in the time this year.












 "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin publicly flirted with a run for New York City mayor before ruling it out last year. 

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"30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin publicly flirted with a run for New York City mayor before ruling it out last year.

One-time mayoral wannabe Alec Baldwin weighed in on the expected field of New York City candidates late Thursday, saying he favors Public Advocate Bill De Blasio over “untrustworthy” Christine Quinn.
Baldwin, who publicly flirted with a mayoral run before ruling it out last year, told CNN’s Piers Morgan that Quinn is a “lovely person,” but proceeded to slam the City Council Speaker for helping end term limits and paving the way for Mayor Bloomberg’s third election. 
“She was the one who singlehandedly killed the voter referendum at Bloomberg’s behest and gave him a third term,” he said. “And I was very, very upset about that.”
With typical dramatic flair, Baldwin said, “Quinn has that blood on her hands.”
Baldwin also said he is resistant to supporting Bloomberg’s “handpicked successor.”
“I resent that to some degree – that Bloomberg feels he needs to control the fate of City Hall and of Gracie Mansion beyond his term,” Baldwin said.
“I just don’t think that Quinn is trustworthy,” he said. “She’s a very nice person – I met her – but in terms of her political aspirations, she’s a very untrustworthy person. She’s very, very self-seeking.”
Baldwin reiterated that he won’t run for the seat himself, saying he’s too busy to put in the time this year.
“People told me – although it was something I would love to have done, truly – you’d have to take about a year and a half of your life to do nothing but raise money, and I didn’t have time because I’m doing the TV show now, and I have other commitments,” he said.
But don’t expect the outspoken Baldwin to stay too far out of the political spotlight.
“I’m very interested in what the post-Bloomberg New York will look like,” he said.
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