The It's Complicated star penned an op-ed in The Huffington Post Thursday calling on Anthony Weiner to er, withdraw, his bid for New York City mayor in the wake of news that the disgraced former Democratic representative resumed sexting online after resigning from Congress in 2011.
The reason, Baldwin cites, is Weiner's difficulty regaining the public trust.
"Weiner has only one problem that disqualifies him from the race and that is that he is clearly addicted to reckless behavior. That is something New York's taxpayers do not need right now," writes the 55-year-old actor, who previously flirted with running for the Big Apple's top job himself.
"Weiner should quit, walk away, let some time wash over his reversals and re-emerge, another day, to attempt some future race for public office," Baldwin added.
Weiner's latest troubles began after gossip site The Dirty posted allegations and screengrabs from an unidentified 23-year-old woman who claimed the politician exchanged lewd photos with her while using the pseudonym "Carlos Danger."
While the woman contacted Weiner via Twitter and the sexting was consensual and neither party actually had any sex, the revelations prompted Weiner to hold a press conference Tuesday apologizing for the online sexcapades but refusing to bow out of the mayoral race. His wife, Huma Abedin, also stood by his side and told reporters she's forgiven Weiner for his indiscretions and urged him to soldier on.
But while Baldwin called Weiner "smart and tough," he lamented that the politico's personal woes have distracted New Yorkers from the key issue in his mind: bolstering the city's middle-class citizens and changing course from "Mayor Bloomberg's 12-year attempt at reshaping New York into an American Singapore."
Baldwin also suggested that if Weiner did call it a day, he could still return to "prove himself as a great public servant" another day.
"But New York does not need a mayor who has an uncontrollable desire to self-destruct the moment he feels he has fooled the voters into giving him their trust," he said.
Baldwin wrapped up his post by surveying the rest of the field and giving an endorsement to Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio.