Alec Baldwin expressed his political aspirations months ago in a Playboy interview, but they came alive again when Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, was asked about a possible challenge in 2012.

On Monday, however, a rep for Baldwin said that he had no plans to run for the seat. But he also took a swipe at Lieberman.

"Part of me would hate to see Lieberman go because there are so few moderate Republicans left in the Senate today."

Lieberman endorsed John McCain's presidential bid, but his chilly relations with Hollywood progressives date to his 2000 campaign for vice president, when he targeted the content of movies and TV shows.

Nevertheless, it's hard to see Baldwin jumping in the race and enduring the scrutiny of the race, which would make tabloid attention on his personal life look mild by comparison.

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