Actor Alec Baldwin denies he's interested in congressional run

The fate of Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) has yet to be decided as he trails Republican Randy Altschuler by less than 400 votes, but rumors of a potential run by actor Alec Baldwin have already put a spotlight on 2012.   

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An MSNBC report cited sources close to Baldwin on Monday who said the actor is considering a run against Altschuler two years from now if he prevails over Bishop. 

But a spokesman for Baldwin denied that Tuesday, telling the New York Observer, "Alec is, like many other Democrats, still hoping Tim Bishop will be declared the winner. Alec is interested in politics and public service, but now is not the time." 

Baldwin has previously expressed interest in running for office, and his contract on NBC's "30 Rock" expires in 2012. 

"I actually like his TV show," Altschuler said of Baldwin in an interview on ABC's "Top Line" Tuesday. "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." 

Meanwhile, Bishop is requesting a hand recount of votes in his race against Altschuler, which could delay the outcome for weeks.

On Tuesday, the Republican said he's cautiously optimistic his lead over Bishop will hold. 

"Knock on wood, we'll have a successful outcome, but still a lot of ways to go here," he said.