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Ben Affleck has too much on his plate to even consider a new career as a politician. The actor/director confirmed on Facebook Monday that he is not running for John Kerry’s Massachusetts Senate seat.
“I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office,” the Argo director wrote. “Right now it's a privilege to spend my time working with Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), supporting our veterans, drawing attention to the great many who go hungry in the U.S. everyday and using filmmaking to entertain and foster discussion about issues like our relationship to Iran.”
Affleck applauded Kerry, who was recently nominated by President Obama for Secretary of State during his second term, and said that he has confidence in those running for his seat.
“We are about to get a great Secretary of State and there are some phenomenal candidates in Massachusetts for his Senate seat. I look forward to an amazing campaign,” he wrote, adding, “Happy Holidays to All.”
The rumors that Affleck might run for Senate heated up last week while he was in Washington, DC to testify before Congress in an attempt to get more support for the Congo. It also didn’t help that he didn’t deny the rumors on Face the Nation.
“One never knows. I'm not one to get into conjecture,” he told Bob Schieffer. “I do have a great fondness and admiration for the political process in this country...It's a big deal for me to come down here and be on your show that I've watched so much, but I'm not going to get into speculation about my political future.”
In addition to his role as activist, Affleck is also busy campaigning for his film Argo, which is in the running for several Oscars this year. He also has new film projects in the works, which recently caused him to drop out of Focus, a project that would have teamed him up with Twilight’s Kristen Stewart.