FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, file photo, actor Alec Baldwin speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's fall gala, in Des Moines, Iowa. Baldwin, known for his mocking impersonations of President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live," is coming to Virginia to help Democratic legislative candidates. Baldwin is set to knock on doors, make calls and deliver pizza to volunteers at multiple stops around Virginia on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Actor Alec Baldwin campaigns for Virginia Democrats

October 22, 2019 - 3:04 pm

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) — The actor known for his mocking impersonations of Republican President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live" campaigned Tuesday for Democratic legislative candidates in a Virginia election that is viewed as a warmup to the 2020 presidential contest.

Alec Baldwin told reporters in suburban Richmond on Tuesday that he believes flipping the Republican-controlled House of Delegates and Senate would benefit residents of Virginia and improve the chances of the state ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.

"If they take both houses here, if they go blue, then you have the opportunity to be the 38th state, which would then leverage the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, which is something that I've always been fairly obsessed about," he said.

Baldwin's first stop in Virginia was in a suburban Richmond neighborhood where he campaigned with Amanda Pohl, a Democrat looking to unseat incumbent Republican state Sen. Amanda Chase.

Baldwin began by knocking on doors, followed by a small army of reporters. He did not perform his imitation of Trump.

The progressive advocacy group People for the American Way helped organize the trip. Baldwin is a board member and has been an outspoken critic of Trump.

Virginia is one of only four states holding legislative elections this year and the only one where partisan control of the legislature is up for grabs.

The district Baldwin visited leans Republican, but Democrats are bullish on their chances of unseating Chase. She's an outspoken conservative who often feuds with members of her own party and sometimes wears a sidearm at the Capitol. Earlier this year she issued an apology after she berated a Capitol Police officer over a parking space.

Chase mocked Baldwin's visit, noting his history of public confrontation, and called Pohl a hypocrite for campaigning with him.

"He embodies and represents everything she claims that she's against," Chase said in a Facebook post.

Baldwin told the crowd he'd learned that Chase had "attacked" him by mentioning a confrontation he'd had in the past with someone over a parking spot and criticizing Pohl for campaigning with him.

"And then I heard about what happened to her," he said, to laughs and applause from the crowd.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Chase held up traffic and used profane language when she was denied access to a secure parking area near the Capitol.

Baldwin said he had a gift for Chase: a roll of quarters "so when she loses this job she can go and find all the parking spaces she needs."

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