It looks like actor George Clooney is not the only famous face that says he won’t be running for political office any time soon. Ben Affleck has officially confirmed he will not run for a Senate seat in the upcoming election — even though he’d be likely to win if he chose to do so. On Dec. 26, the Christian Science Monitor confirmed the news he is not running after the actor personally took to his social media account to dispel the rumors he had already been seeking exploratory campaign contributions after being photographed last week talking international politics with many prominent Washingtonians.
The Washington Post reports:
The actor and director faced some speculation that he would compete for the seat, which will become vacant, assuming Kerry’s nomination as secretary of state is approved by the Senate.
In recent interviews, Affleck ducked questions about a political career. But he ruled it out in a Facebook post on Christmas Eve.
“I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office,” the Affleck wrote.
“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.”
But what really sparked the rumors Affleck was in it to win it? Rumor mill reports stemming from overhearing his chit-chat in Washingtonian social circles fanned the flames of the rumor mill reports.
Senator John Kerry, a Democrat from the state of Massachusetts, was caught on camera speaking with Hollywood actor. During a meeting with foreign relations members last Wednesday, the two men allegedly discussed the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Capitol Hill. Affleck was there visiting Washington, DC.
Word from Capitol Hill is the veteran politician will be replacing Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State for the Obama administration. Had Affleck chosen to run, he would have been vying for Kerry’s famously liberal Senate seat.
Clooney, unlike Affleck (who folks are speculating could break into politics by running for a more localized political office), is frequently questioned about his political ambitions — but media inquiries typically relate to asking the outspoken humanitarian whether or not he has ambitions to follow in the footsteps of Ronald Regan. For whatever reason, it seems that many Americans believe George Clooney — as a famous person who has used their star power wisely organizing bi-partisan charity efforts and advocating almost religiously on behalf of the people of Darfur — would be the perfect person to take over for Barack Obama when it comes time to elect the next president.
But Clooney says no way (essentially) to rampant requests he consider running for the most coveted political office in America. Aside from the fact he loves his privacy (and would have to give it up if he won), the actor has rejected offers from people who would love to back him because he’s able to do more good in the world by using his star power wisely.
By not having his hands tied by a political party or needing to speak 100% of the time in such a way that is politically correct, he’s able to go about doing good deeds essentially unfettered. Friends with Barack and Michelle Obama, he has raised millions of dollars to support the Democratic Party — but he’s happy keeping his playboy image in tact (at least for the time being).
What do you think, readers? Should celebrities like George Clooney and Ben Affleck consider using their fame and fortune to get elected to public office? Share you thoughts about Hollywood politics in the comments section below.
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