Baldwin as NYC Mayor? But He Votes in the Hamptons

Thursday, 09 Jun 2011 12:39 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Actor Alec Baldwin is reportedly mulling a run for New York City Mayor in 2013 now that another potential Democratic candidate, Rep. Anthony Weiner, has committed political suicide with the “Weinergate” Twitter scandal.

But The Smoking Gun website has unearthed voting records showing that the “30 Rock” star is not registered to vote in New York City and instead has consistently cast his ballots in Suffolk County, N.Y.

Baldwin, long a darling of the Hollywood left, owns an estate in Amagansett, in the Town of East Hampton, on Long Island about 100 miles from Manhattan and City Hall. Baldwin and his then wife Kim Basinger bought the property in 1996.

Board of Elections records show that Baldwin first registered to vote in September 1991 from a prior East Hampton address, and changed his registration address to the Amagansett home in 1997. Before 1991, Baldwin was registered to vote in California, an elections board spokesperson told The Smoking Gun.

Records show that Baldwin voted in East Hampton 21 times from 1991 to 2010, casting ballots in 19 general elections and two primaries.

After the scandal enveloped Weiner, considered a favorite in the mayor’s race, Baldwin told a friend, “Hey, maybe this changes the race. The dynamics have shifted,” according to The Daily website.

Back in October 2006, Baldwin told The New York Times that if he entered politics his “ideal office” would be governor of New York State.

Asked if he is qualified to run for governor, Baldwin replied: “That’s what I hate about [then California Gov. Arnold] Schwarzenegger. His only credentials are that he ran a fitness program under some bygone president.”

When the interviewer pointed out that Baldwin didn’t “even have that,” he responded: “I’m Tocqueville compared to Arnold Schwarzenegger.”


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