Ben Affleck speaks during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on December 19, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Affleck will not be going to Washington, Ben Affleck announced Monday evening, writing on Facebook, “I am not running for office.”
With Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts being announced on Dec. 21 as President Obama’s nominee for secretary of state, a special election for Kerry’s seat in the Senate would follow his expected confirmation.
Affleck’s full statement:
I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office. 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.
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.
Happy Holidays to All.
(Make sure to visit Feeding America & A-T Children’s Project & Paralyzed Veterans of America)
The closest people will be able to come, for now, to seeing Affleck in Congress is by watching 2009’s State of Play, where he played a member of the House of Representatives.
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- In 2011, the death of Mark Duggan - an unarmed black man - at the hands of police officers in north London sparked nationwide riots.
- Two people were killed and at least 22 injured after a circus tent collapsed amid stormy weather Monday evening in New Hampshire.