Alec Baldwin is contemplating running for the mayoral office in his native New York following the sex scandal surrounding embattled local politician Anthony Weiner.
The married New York representative hit headlines after he admitted lying about sending a saucy picture to a female student via Twitter.com. He has since confessed to having intimate internet and phone chats with several other women.
The Republican's controversy is said to have prompted Baldwin to seriously consider swapping acting for politics and run in the 2013 election as a Democrat in a bid to succeed current mayor, Michael Bloomberg.
A source close to the 30 Rock star tells TheDaily.com, "Alec said, 'Hey, maybe this changes the race.' The dynamics have shifted. The Democrats need a high-profile candidate and Alec can fill that bill."
Baldwin's representative, Matthew Hiltzik, admitted a run for office could be in the actor's future, telling the New York Daily News, "I wouldn't rule it out."
And the actor himself, who recently hinted at retirement, has refused to shoot down the idea of moving into politics - although he insists the mayoral elections are still a long way off.
Taking to his Twitter.com blog on Wednesday (08Jun11) to address the rumours, he writes, "It's a long way till November of 2013."
If the 53 year old does decide to enter the political race, he will not have any distractions - he announced in April (11) his days on 30 Rock are numbered and had no intention of renewing his contract when it expires in 2012.