Ben Affleck Declines Run for Senate; Decides to Focus on Entertainment + Philanthropy

Over the course of his career, Ben Affleck has worn many hats including actor, director, writer and producer,  so it wouldn’t be such a stretch to believe that he would one day turn to politics.

Although it was believed that the Argo star might run for the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts being vacated by John Kerry after he danced around the issue on Meet the Press, he says it isn’t going to happen — yet, at least.

The Massachusetts-born A-lister took to Facebook on Christmas Eve to shoot down the rumors, writing: “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,” the post continued. “I look forward to an amazing campaign. Happy Holidays to All.”

For now, at least, he will stick to promoting his latest film project , Argo, which received five Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture and Best Director.

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