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Ben Affleck Not Running For U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  Actor Ben Affleck said via Facebook he will not run for U.S. Senate should Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., vacate his seat to become secretary of state.

“I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office,” Affleck, 40, posted to Facebook Monday. “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.”

Affleck, who grew up in Cambridge, Mass., was the second big-name Democrat to pass Monday on running for Kerry’s seat, Politico reported.

Ted Kennedy Jr., the son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, had earlier said he did not plan to run.

President Barack Obama nominated Kerry Friday to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    WELL, TENNESSEE HAD AN ACTOR FOR A SENATOR [Fred Thompson - R] AND MINNESOTA HAD A WRESTLER FOR A GOVERNOR [Jesse Ventura - R]. AS TIME GOES ON, MORE “HOLLYWOOD-TYPES” WILL BE INFLUENTIAL IN POLITICS BECAUSE YOUNG VOTERS WILL HAVE HAD AN ABUNDANCE OF OPPORTUNITIES – THROUGH TELEVISION PROGRAMMING – TO HEAR [AND, AGREE WITH] THEIR VIEWS.

    • Harold Olsen

      I thought Fred Thompson was a great Senator and, in my opinion, the last true statesman to be elected to either house of Congress. Jesse Venture, though he may have been a good wrestler (I’m not a wrestling fan so I’ll have to take other people’s word for that) and he was decent actor. He is, however, turning into a nut job. He sees conspiracies everywhere.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Harold Olsen” – HAPPY HOLIDAYS, SIR.

        I NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY Senator Thompson LEFT OFFICE. I AM NOT A FAN OF TENNESSEE POLITICS. I REMEMBER SEEING Senator Thompson IN SENATE-COMMITTEE HEARINGS ON C-SPAN, BUT, I DO NOT REMEMBER HIS COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS AND HIS EFFECTIVENESS.

        I THOUGHT Governor Ventura WAS A JOKE. YET, HIS ELECTION PROVED THE POPULARITY OF WRESTLING.

  • Harold Olsen

    I don’t know what Affleck’s political persuasion is and I don’t really care. He’s a mediocre actor and I suspect he’d be a mediocre politician.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Harold Olsen,”

      Ben Affleck IS ONLY POPULAR BECAUSE PEOPLE THINK HE IS SO HANDSOME. HIS TABLOID NOTERIETY IS MORE POPULAR THAN, HIS ACTING.

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