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Tony Danza may or may not be running for mayor

Posted by Rachel Raczka  August 24, 2012 11:34 AM

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Actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tony Danza at the "Premium Rush" New York premiere at Regal Union Square on Aug. 22.

In true politically vague fashion, "Who's the Boss" star Tony Danza implied that he may be interested in running for political office in the city of New York ... maybe. Danza chatted with the Wall Street Journal at the premiere of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's new flick, "Premium Rush," while wearing a NYPD T-shirt under a black blazer. And though he did not directly confirm, the 61-year-old actor was not shy about his thoughts, “I’m of a certain age, and you see things, and you think maybe you could help. You say: ‘Let me fix the city. Let me run for Mayor.’”

Danza could be joining the ranks of his fellow celebrity politicos, "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin and city-centric rapper Jay-Z, but he scoffed at the potential competition: “Can Alec Baldwin be a viable candidate? Or Jay-Z? If Jay-Z were mayor, would they play that song in ads? Or just the chorus? ‘Neeewww York.’ It’s got a great hook, I love that part.”

He also commented on public and green transportation ("Rollerblades--I'm a skater."), monetary contributions to politicians ("The country's been hoodwinked ..."), and his qualifications ("I'm concerned ... I read the papers.")

Danza did not confirm or deny his intentions or his political party alignments but we're curious to see how this plays out. An all-star ballot for the next mayoral race? We'd tune in to see that.


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