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Alec Baldwin for Congress? Sounds like he’s considering it

CAPITOL IDEA: Alec Baldw”30 Rock” would rather be congressman than mayor or governor friend says.

CAPITOL IDEA: Alec Baldwin of ”30 Rock” would rather be a congressman than a mayor or governor, a friend says.

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Updated: May 21, 2012 8:38AM

For a long time, few people really believed Alec Baldwin would truly run for office, but the actor’s comments increasingly have morphed from a running joke to him appearing to seriously consider a political future.

While this is all moot until his “30 Rock” contract ends in 2013, chats with both Baldwin buddies and some very major Democrat honchos indicate lots of buzz about a Baldwin bid.

Without question, no matter what he runs for, the Long Island, N.Y., native would be a controversial candidate. Over the years, his comments about issues and political leaders — especially Republicans — have made even some committed liberals blush.

“There’s good news and bad news about Alec Baldwin when it comes to him running for office,” a veteran Democratic politico told me Wednesday.

“On the one hand he’s extremely quick, sharp and knowledgeable about many issues. . . . He would be a terrific debater.

“The bad news? He has to develop a thicker skin and control his quick temper,” added the pol, who also noted Baldwin’s “baggage” from his personal life. His ugly divorce from

Kim Basinger and his recent booting from an American Airlines flight could be used against him.

According to a Baldwin friend, the actor has no interest in running for something like governor or New York mayor. “I believe he’d like the platform a seat in Congress might provide.”

ON THE EDGE: While Lindsay Lohan is carefully maintaining her sobriety, associates of the actress say it may be causing new problems. Because she has no release through drugs and alcohol, Lohan friends report she’s constantly on edge — acting very testy with just about everyone around her.

LiLo is said to fly off the handle easily these days and gets easily upset when she runs into people from her old partying life.

EVEN EDGIER: Amanda Bynes continues to constantly party and go out every single night — against advice from people close to her to cool it following her DUI arrest.

Apparently, Bynes “goes nuts,” says one source, if she can’t go out. “She gets stir-crazy if she has to stay at home,” adds the Bynes buddy. “She can’t sit still — almost has a panic attack — if she can’t go out.”

SWEET NOTE: There are all kinds of polls out there — as shown by the one taken by Seek,
claiming to be the “world’s largest sugar daddy website,” where young women seek wealthy older men.

Asked to name their favorite celebrity “sugar daddy” — based on how well they treat ex-girlfriends — U.S. participants in the survey named

Simon Cowell as No. 1.A source close to the “X Factor” mainstay tells me Cowell was “very amused” when he heard about the poll. Following Cowell in the ranking are

George Clooney, Ryan Seacrest and Adam Levine.

PAYING TRIBUTE: Friends of the late Chicago broadcaster and newsman Norman Mark will gather Monday evening at Petterino’s to toast his memory. . . . Along similar lines, the late, great charity mainstay Beverly Blettner will be honored Wednesday at the annual Stanley Paul -Raelene Mittelman Apparel Industry Board fashion scholarship fund-raiser.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Market was the dining spot of choice for the Bulls’ C.J Watson, Jimmy Butler, Ronny Brewer and John Lucas the other night.

Bill Zwecker reports regularly on “Good Day Chicago” and “Fox Chicago News at 9” on WFLD-Channel 32.

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