Baldwin to CNN Anchor: I'll Run If I Want To

Would-be pol threatens to discuss hit-and-run bust...whoops
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2009 3:56 PM CDT
Jack Cafferty prepares for an appearance on CNN's "The Situation Room."   (AP Photo)
camera-icon View 1 more image

(Newser) – CNN’s Jack Cafferty sneered at Alec Baldwin’s possible entry into politics yesterday, noting that while newly sworn-in Sen. Al Franken is “Harvard educated,” Baldwin’s “credentials are questionable”—and the NYU grad is having none of it. “Perhaps New York University should print on its undergraduate drama degrees ‘Warning: the bestowing of this degree precludes you from seeking any public office per Jack Cafferty,’ the actor writes for the Huffington Post.

“Jack, you don't tell people that a career in the performing arts disqualifies them from seeking elected office,” Baldwin writes in deal-making mode, “and I won't say publicly that your being convicted of leaving the scene of an accident in which you struck a cyclist and then ran two red lights while you were pursued by the police and were subsequently ordered to serve 70 hours of community service back in May of 2003 disqualifies you from posing as a ‘Man of the People’ on a major cable news network.”