Affleck Also Not Running for Senate

Joins Ted Kennedy Jr. in declining to run for Kerry's seat

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 24, 2012 12:04 PM CST | Updated Dec 25, 2012 2:14 PM CST

(Newser) – Ben Affleck is done being coy about his political ambitions, and is joining the growing list of people who won't be running for John Kerry's Senate seat, reports Politico. "I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office," Affleck wrote on his Facebook page. "Right now it's a privilege to spend my time working with Eastern Congo Initiative, supporting our veterans, drawing attention to the great many who go hungry in the US everyday and using filmmaking to entertain and foster discussion about issues like our relationship to Iran."

Affleck joined the ranks of Ted Kennedy Jr., who yesterday made a similar announcement, reports Politico. Kennedy said that while he's “extremely grateful for all the offers of support,” uprooting his family from Connecticut wasn't in the cards—though he did leave open the idea of a run for public office: “Although I have a strong desire to serve in public office, I consider Connecticut to be my home, and hope to have the honor to serve at another point in my future."

Ted Kennedy Jr. announced today that he wouldn't seek the Massachusetts Senate seat presumably being vacated by John Kerry.   (AP Photo/Bob Child)
Ben Affleck listens during a hearing on the evolving security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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