Ben Affleck: NOT Running For Office

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Despite a unique set of circumstances that made the idea feasible and rumors of his political ambitions, Ben Affleck will not be running for U.S. Senate.

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"I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office," the Argo director wrote on his Facebook page Monday, December 24.

"We are about to get a great U.S. Secretary of State and there are some phenomenal candidates in Massachusetts for his Senate seat," he added.

"I look forward to an amazing campaign."

"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. every single day and using filmmaking to entertain and foster discussion about issues like our relationship to Iran."

Rumors ran wild last week that Affleck would run for U.S. Senate in his native Massachusetts, replacing soon-to-be Secretary of State John Kerry.

Hillary Clinton, currently the head of the U.S. State Department, made it clear she'd step down as soon as President Obama's replacement is sworn in.

A special election will be held in 2013 to fill Kerry's seat in Congress' upper chamber.

During an interview on CBS' Face the Nation last week, the actor-director played coy about the possibility he could throw his hat into the wide-open ring.

"Well, one never knows," he said. "I do have a great fondness and admiration for the political process, but I'm not going to get into speculation about my political future."

The husband of Jennifer Garner and father of three joked, "I've got a lot on my plate."

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