Highly unlikely, but what the heck, it's an infotainment story that mentions Ohio.
The Ohio governor election is next year already.
Alec Baldwin Interview
Ronald Regan, Jesse Ventura, Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzenegger did it, and there are certainly enough Baldwins left to carry on the acting legacy if one drops out to get into politics, so why not?
Baldwin, a staunch Liberal, told Playboy:
Playboy: Will you run for office?
Baldwin: “I’ll put it this way. The desire is there; that’s one component. The other component is opportunity. A law firm in a liberal Democratic bastion in Ohio state politics sent me a binder with a cover letter that read, “Mr. Baldwin, here’s who we represent, the kinds of cases we handle, our credentials in Ohio state politics. We want you to move to Ohio and run for governor. We will launch your career.”
Of course, Al Franken began his U.S. Senate career this week.
Jul 6, 2009 - Huffington Post - Alec Baldwin: 'I'd Love To Run Against Joe Lieberman'
The "30 Rock" star said that an Ohio law firm has already contacted him about a gubernatorial run, and he added that he would "love to run against Joe Lieberman."
Playboy: Could you live in Ohio?
Baldwin: I have sometimes thought I could move to New Jersey or Connecticut and run. I'd love to run against Joe Lieberman. I have no use for him. But it's all fantasy. I'm a carry-me-out-in-a-box New Yorker. Here, anything can happen. Who thought Eliot Spitzer would go down the way he did? Senator Hillary Clinton left to serve as secretary of state. Two of the biggest forces gone. Maybe Andrew Cuomo will run for one of their old seats. How much longer will Chuck Schumer stay as senator? After 2013 Bloomberg will be gone. What happens then?
Do I run for Congress on Long Island? What's Tim Bishop going to do? He represents my district. People get sick, die. They're offered lucrative deals and want to cash in and make money for their retirement. People misstep. Unfortunately, an opportunity for me may mean bad things for someone else. I don't wish that.
Jul 6, 2009 - CNN Politics - Alec Baldwin interested in congressional run
Jul 7, 2009 - Ohio Daily Blog - Democratic Consultants Trying to Drag Alec Baldwin into Strickland Primary?
Maybe the library people are behind this. At the moment, they're not fans of the guv.
Real Candidates for OH Gov
Actual candidates for Ohio governor in 2010? From Wikipedia :
Jul 7, 2009 - RealClearPolitics.com - Ohio: Obama Under 50% Approval :
In the 2010 race for Senate, Rob Portman is well ahead of Tom Ganley for the Republican nomination while Lee Fisher ahead of Jennifer Brunner by a nose for the Democratic nomination. In general election match ups, both Fisher and Brunner run slightly ahead of Portman, though their leads have nearly evaporated over the last eight weeks.
RCP polling info thru Jul 7, 2009
- Ohio Senate - Portman (R) vs. Fisher (D) - Quinnipiac - Fisher 37, Portman 33
- Ohio Senate - Portman (R) vs. Brunner (D) - Quinnipiac - Brunner 35, Portman 34
- Ohio Senate - Democratic Primary - Quinnipiac - Fisher 24, Brunner 21
RCP polling inf thru Jul 3, 2009
- Ohio Governor - Dewine (R) vs. Strickland (D) - Quinnipiac - Strickland 41, DeWine 40
- Ohio Governor - Kasich (R) vs. Strickland (D) - Quinnipiac - Strickland 43, Kasich 38
- Ohio Governor - Republican Primary - Quinnipiac - DeWine 32, Kasich 35
Strickland Approval Rating
Excerpts from a Jun 21, 2009 report [PDF file] titled "Strickland Vulnerable" :
Strickland’s approval among Democrats has dropped from 70% to 62%, an unusually low level of support for a Governor within his own party. He’s also seen an increasing level of dissatisfaction with him from Republican voters, 72% of whom now say they disapprove of what he’s doing after just 59% did earlier this year.
Matched up against likely GOP candidate John Kasich, Strickland leads 44-42. He had a slightly wider 45-39 advantage in January. Strickland is mostly hurt by a 54-33 deficit to Kasich among independent voters, even though those same voters prefer a Democrat for the Senate in numbers that PPP will release on Tuesday.“Midwestern states have been hit harder by the downtown in the economy than most places and their Governors are paying a price for it,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “We are seeing pretty low approval ratings for chief executives across most of the region as voters wait to see what they will do to turn things around.”
PPP surveyed 619 Ohio voters from June 17th to 19th. The survey’s margin of error is +/- 3.9%.
Ohio voters elected :
- 2002 - Republican Bob Taft for governor
- 2004 - Republican George Voinovich to the U.S. Senate
- 2004 - Republican George Bush for President
- 2006 - Democrat Ted Strickland for governor
- 2006 - Democrat Sherrod Brown to the U.S. Senate
- 2008 - Democrat Barack Obama for President