Alec Baldwin’s No. 1 Target? Meet Randy Altschuler

By Jenny Schlesinger

Nov 9, 2010 1:49pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: For a small indication of how campaigns never end, Republican Randy Altschuler has already drawn a potential challengers for his House race in 2012 – even before Altschuler is declared the winner in his 2010 race.  That challenger would be actor Alec Baldwin, who has mused about running for the House if Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., loses his race on Eastern Long Island. With Altschuler, R-N.Y., leading Bishop by fewer than 400 votes, Altschuler said he’s well aware of what’s waiting for him in 2012.   “It’s Alec Baldwin — I actually like his TV show. But apparently, and who know if it’s true or not, sources close to him are saying if I am victorious, he's going to run against me in 2012,” Altschuler told us on ABC’s “Top Line” today. Altschuler said he agrees that Baldwin’s character on “30 Rock,” Jack Donaghy, would be much more likely to run in the Republican primary than as a Democrat.  “One could only imagine, but I don't want to get ahead of myself. We still go to finish this. Knock on wood, we'll have a successful outcome, but still a lot of ways to go here,” Altschuler said.  Altschuler said his candidacy is proof that tea party energy can catch on with voters even in traditionally Democratic parts of the country.  “We have an active tea party here on Eastern Long Island,” Altschuler said. “They were incredibly supportive of me during the campaign, so I think they're an important element of the electorate, and I think they have a lot in common with the Republican Party. And I think, you know, we need to take in account their opinions and their views. They represent a lot of the frustrations in Americans have across this country. So, I’m excited about their participation. I’m excited about their movement, and even here on Long Island, it’s been an important one.”  Also on today’s program, we got Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s, R-Texas, take on his leadership race against Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. And we checked in with Shane D’Aprile of The Hill on the latest in some of the congressional races that still haven’t been decided, plus the tussles in Democratic and Republican House leadership.

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