The rumors were swirling “fast and furious” that Ben Affleck would throw his hat into the political ring and run for United States Senate to succeed his friend, Senator John Kerry (D-MA). Ben Affleck is an actor, film director, writer, and producer.
Ben Affleck has been involved with many social issues such as the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), the supporting of veterans, and drawing attention to the hungry.
On Christmas Day, Ben Affleck said in no uncertain terms on his facebook fan page that he was not a candidate for United State Senate. “I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office,” posted Ben Affleck.
Ben Affleck added that “We are about to get a great Secretary of State (referring to John Kerry) and there are some phenomenal candidates in Massachusetts for his Senate seat. I look forward to an amazing campaign.”
Another noted candidate to say “no” to the United States Senate run is Ted Kennedy Jr. who said he was “extremely grateful for all the offers of support,” but left the door open to running “at another point in my future,” said the Washington Post.
“As a health care lawyer and disability rights activist who was raised to believe in public service, I have always had an interest in public policy development, advocacy, and political action,” Kennedy said in a statement. “Although I have a strong desire to serve in public office, I consider Connecticut to be my home, and hope to have the honor to serve at another point in my future.”
The Boston Globe reported that Kennedy cited a desire to remain in Connecticut with his family and did not rule out a future run there.
The Fix in the Washington Post lists a number of potential Democratic candidates and lists one Republican, soon-to-be-former Senator Scott Brown as the leading candidate should he decide to run. Scott Brown, according to a WBUR poll, has Brown at a favorable rating of 58 percent.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is also considered a possible candidate. It was Coakley that lost to Scott Brown in 2010. Despite this, Coakley is still one of the most popular Democrats in Massachusetts, behind only Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren.
Speaking of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, he has ruled out running for the seat. However, should he change his mind he would be another formidable candidate. Three Democratic members of the House are also talked about including Rep. Ed Markey (D), Rep. Michael Capuano (D) and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D).
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