"I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office."
So Ben Affleck announced on his Facebook page Friday, ending speculation that he could be running for a US Senate seat in Massachusetts.
Affleck became a possible candidate after an appearance on the CBS program "Face the Nation" on which he told host Bob Schieffer "one never knows" after being asked if he'd run for Senate.
WBZ political analyst Jon Keller has also mentioned the possibility of Affleck replacing Sen. John Kerry when he takes his position as Secretary of State. Affleck had praise in his Facebook post for the Massachusetts senator:
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. ... Right now its 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's new movie, Argo, looks at the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.
On the same, day, Ted Kennedy Jr., the son of the late Edward M. Kennedy, also announced that he would not run for the vacant seat but would rather seek office in Connecticut where he lives.