August 26, 2009

Baldwin not running for Senate seat

U.S. television actor Alec Baldwin says he has no plans to pursue a political career at this time.

The Emmy Award-winning star of 30 Rock was quoted in Playboy magazine earlier this year as saying he might move to Connecticut to challenge longtime U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman for his seat.

Baldwin contradicted the report in a blog posting last month, the Hartford Courant said.

No, I am not moving to Connecticut to run against Joe Lieberman. 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, Baldwin wrote. 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.

Asked Sunday about Baldwin's comments on CNN's State of the Union, Lieberman replied, Make my day, the Courant said.

I must say that I respect Alec Baldwin as an actor and as a comedian, Lieberman added. "If he wants to

run, that's his right."

A Baldwin spokesman issued a statement in response to Lieberman's comments, emphasizing the actor does not plan to run for Senate.