Affleck: Thanks, but no thanks

posted at 3:01 pm on December 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Democrats in Massachusetts found a lump of coal in their special-election stocking on Christmas Eve this year.  There had been some speculation that Ben Affleck might jump into the race to replace John Kerry, now the official nominee to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, and save Democrats from the specter of another Scott Brown special-election victory.  Affleck dumped cold water on those hopes in a Facebook posting, caught by Twitchy:

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.

Happy Holidays to All.

(Make sure to visit Feeding America & A-T Children’s Project & Paralyzed Veterans of America)

ABC reported on raised hopes for an Affleck bid based on recent comments, where the actor/director seemed to leave the door open to a run for office:

Chatter around a possible run went into overdrive Sunday when during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” the Cambridge native decidedly did not rule it out saying, “One never knows. I’m not one to get into conjecture.”

This puts an end to conjecture, and leaves Democrats in a tight spot.  Brown lost to Elizabeth Coakley last month in a bid to retain the seat he won in 2010′s special election, but that was in a presidential cycle with an incumbent Democrat at the top of the ticket.  Brown came out of nowhere to beat Martha Coakley almost three years ago, but he’s well-known and well-liked now.  None of the likely Democratic candidates come close in recent polling to beating Brown in a special election, and without someone with Affleck’s star power, the seat looks very much at risk.

So … second look at Ted Kennedy’s widow?

As for some of those candidates on the list, Gov. Deval Patrick is likely to appoint a replacement to fill Kerry’s seat in the interim period. Former Massachusetts governor and Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis, as well as Vicki Kennedy, the widow of Ted Kennedy, are on Patrick’s list, according to reports.

ABC’s a little behind on its reporting.  Dukakis has also said no to both an appoint to and a run for the seat over a week ago.  Mrs. Kennedy would make an interesting placeholder, but she has not expressed any interest in the seat.  And the next-most-likely Kennedy doesn’t want it either:

After giving it serious consideration, Ted Kennedy Jr. has decided not to run for Massachusetts’ soon-to-be open seat in the U.S. Senate.

“Over the last several days, many people have asked that I consider running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts,” Kennedy said in a statement obtained by CNN. “I am extremely grateful for all the offers of support that I have received.

“As a healthcare 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. 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.”

Kennedy is the son of the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, and had been urged by friends and some Democratic leaders to run for Sen. John Kerry’s seat, which is expected to open up next year.

Neither Hollywood nor the Kennedys are interested, it seems.  That leaves Democrats looking at a tough special election next year, and Massachusetts Republicans harboring a flicker of hope again.


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Affleck: “It’s easier to criticize Republicans than actually try and fix the situation”

LincolntheHun on December 26, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Brown wouldn’t be much of a consolation.

Deano1952 on December 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Like really? I mean like really??? You know what I mean?

DanMan on December 26, 2012 at 3:06 PM

The good news: ‘Gigli 2: Gobble, Gobble Harder’ is closer to reality.

sentinelrules on December 26, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Brown lost to Elizabeth Coakley Warren last month in a bid to retain the seat he won in 2010′s special election, but that was in a presidential cycle with an incumbent Democrat at the top of the ticket.

Ed,
FIFY

weaselyone on December 26, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Affleck’s cheekbones are a little low, how could he expect to have any affinity with lily-white Massachusettatonians?

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 3:08 PM

at least it narrows the gap in the Senate, but after 4 years of no budget it’s unreal Dems are allowed to run the Senate.

gsherin on December 26, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Ben Affleck decides to NOT do something. Big news!!!

I decided not to run for a Senate seat either, where’s my news story?

Never mind…

NapaConservative on December 26, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Affleck has too many skeletons in his closet to make a successful run at any office.

HondaV65 on December 26, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Affleck realizes this job requires one to think…oh, wait the SNL loser.

Oil Can on December 26, 2012 at 3:18 PM

So have Freedomworks, Club For Growth and Mark Levin agreed on a candidate to totally f*ck this up yet?

Mark1971 on December 26, 2012 at 3:20 PM

What was Ben Affleck doing on Face the Nation? Do you just sign up?

LetsBfrank on December 26, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Thanks, but no thanks

That’s what we say to you too, Affleck, you leftist schmuck.

UltimateBob on December 26, 2012 at 3:25 PM

What was Ben Affleck doing on Face the Nation? Do you just sign up?

LetsBfrank on December 26, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Raising the collective IQ in the studio.

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Why should he take a pay cut ?

Lucano on December 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM

I am not running either.

Night Owl on December 26, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Obviously, his account did the math for him: even with massive bribes, kick-backs, self-serving pork, lobbyist gifts and the humongous taxpayer-funded salary and pension, he can still make much more at BAD ACTING than being in the Senate.

TeaPartyNation on December 26, 2012 at 3:38 PM

AFFLACK.

docflash on December 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

WTF?

A Senate seat is open in Massachussetts and there are no Democrats who want it?

This is a giveaway. If Liz Warren’s phony, elitist a$$ can win election, anybody can. Scott Brown has no chance.

I almost want to go up there and run myself.

SAMinVA on December 26, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Just the right amount of sneaky leak to get the scumbag media
interested in his non interest. Love these H-Wood fools and the
groupie screamers who live for the wiff of a celebrity fume.

Texyank on December 26, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Latent?

Bmore on December 26, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Why should he take a pay cut ?

Lucano on December 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM

EXACTLY what I was thinking…

Khun Joe on December 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Beware the canned ham… It’s coming… Could be ‘Plumrose…’ Could be ‘Denmark’s Best…’ But it’s coming… And when it does, 60.7% of my fellow Massachusetts voters will look that can up and down, admire the ‘D’ next to its name on the ballot, and happily pull the trigger.

CaptFlood on December 26, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Barney Frank is not running. He’s ‘tired and wants to spend more time with his husband’.

Too bad he didn’t express being so ‘exhausted’ before. The citizens should have granted him early retirement, ahead of the devastating Dodd-Frank.

Schadenfreude on December 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

ED: Brown lost to Warren this year. He beat Coakley last year.

InterestedObserver on December 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

There’s still hope for the segment of the population that considers Hollywood stardom to be sufficient preparation for the Senate: Ashley Judd may yet run for Senator of Kentucky. I’m not sure how it is that the state that sent Rand Paul to the Senate might also make Ashley Judd a candidate for that office. The House of Representatives might be more appropriate for her, anyway. Nancy Pelosi has shown that being a frivolous dingbat is no hindrance to reaching the very top of that part of Congress. John Boehner has also demonstrated this.

86 on December 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

“WTF?”

Exactly

flyoverland on December 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

There has to some breathing Indian at Harvard that is available isn’t there?

Hummer53 on December 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

“WTF?”

Exactly

flyoverland on December 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

exactly again…

we have come down to considering people that are only one lucky break from flipping burgers until they achieve room temperature???

teejk on December 26, 2012 at 5:12 PM

No Bennifer in the Senate? Oh, the f_cking humanity. What WILL we do? C’mon Ben, do it for the children.

msupertas on December 26, 2012 at 5:54 PM

It seems as though all of the dems know that our economy is going to be worse than devastating and want nothing to do with having their names involves with it.

Vince on December 26, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Barney Frank is not running. He’s ‘tired and wants to spend more time with his husband’.

Schadenfreude on December 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Dude, that’s gay.

Lanceman on December 26, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Neither Hollywood nor the Kennedys are interested, it seems. That leaves Democrats looking at a tough special election next year, and Massachusetts Republicans harboring a flicker of hope again

…”harboring a flicker of hope again”…
…w h o… the… f l u k e… cares?

KOOLAID2 on December 26, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Yeah, what about all the dead hookers? Just going to sweep them under the rug there AFFLACK?

papertiger on December 27, 2012 at 6:55 AM

I’ve said it once I’ll say it again, as long as the democrat can manage to have his staff not assault people on the street on camera I expect the dem to win regardless. It’s Massachusetts. (Yes, Martha Coakley’s staff actually shoved someone down on camera at one point and I think that was a turning point.)

Dave_d on December 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM

This is an open election, not a gubernatorial appointment. So who wants to run a political campaign, serve <2 years, then run again?

It'll probably be one of the congressional delegation.

J Baustian on December 27, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I’m always amazed when a Hollywood lefty displays more brains than I thought was possible.

mediamime on December 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Latest word is that Ed Markey is running for the senate seat. If that’s true then he’s pretty much the favorite. (Since he’s an actual politician here with a real track record. IE he actually has some qualifications to be a senator, unlike Lizzy)

Dave_d on December 27, 2012 at 6:33 PM