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New York, NY (written by Maria Puente/USA Today) -- We've already got Alec Baldwin the Emmy-winning actor, and Alec Baldwin the Twitter fiend, and Alec Baldwin the paparazzi scourge. But could he really be thinking again of becoming Alec Baldwin the politician?
That's what brother Billy Baldwin told Piers Morgan on CNN Tuesday night, just a few days after Baldwin got hitched for a second time, to yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas in New York City.
Alec's political aspirations have blown hot and cold; he once openly talked about running for mayor of NYC. Then came the flap over his being tossed off an LA-NY American Airlines flight last year because he wouldn't stop playing Words with Friends on his smartphone when the plane was readying to take off. After that, Baldwin said on his radio show that he was no longer interested in running.
But Billy, who was at his big brother's wedding Saturday night, says Alec's rekindled aspirations are "very real," according to Politico. "I think he's very committed and extremely bright and knowledgeable and I think he could do it and he could run," Billy Baldwin said. "On the other hand, I'm not quite sure if he's cut from the proper cloth because it requires a lot of tolerance and a lot of patience and ..."
But isn't he kind of hot-headed, Morgan asked. Even Alec himself admits in the current issue of Vanity Fair that he's volatile. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani are hot-headed, too, Billy retorted, and they're both successful pols. Not to mention New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
True, but they're usually not scuffling with paparazzi, yelling at reporters, feuding on Twitter or fighting with ex-wives. Baldwin seems to have overcome the episode a few years back when he left a nasty voice message for teen daughter Ireland (which was somehow leaked to the media), but now Ireland,16, has picked up his media-loathing ways.
She tweeted Wednesday that the media "LIE ABOUT EVERYTHING." Well, maybe not everything she said in another tweet, but "a great amount." To which Baldwin tweeted back, "You have learned well, Grasshopper."