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Ben Affleck clarifies: Not running for Massachusettes Senate seat

Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
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The hopes of Massachusetts residents -- or at least fans of "Argo" -- have been dashed. After stating "one never knows" on Sunday's "Face the Nation" regarding a possible Senate run, Ben Affleck went to Facebook on Monday night to clarify his view.

The Oscar-winning screenwriter clearly stated:

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.

Affleck, of course, is referring to John Kerry's nomination for Secretary of State. It expected that his confirmation hearings will be speedy and bipartisan.

However, that will leave open a Senate seat, one that it is expected that Scott Brown will again run for, despite being recently defeated by Elizabeth Warren for the other Massachusetts Senate seat.

The heavily-speculated Democratic candidates include Reps. Michael Capuano, Stephen Lynch, and Ed Markey, as well as Governor Deval Patrick, who is very popular in the state. It's expected that the Koch Brothers will have a major influence in the election, with unlimited resources to focus on one single campaign, as opposed to a number of them as in the 2012 election cycle.


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