Affleck Will Not Run for Senate

I am back from a Christmas break in Minneapolis — frigid as all can be but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Meanwhile, there is little surprise in Ben Affleck’s announcement that he will not run for Senate in Massachusetts. He posted on Facebook on Christmas Eve, and also called attention to a number of issues, like the Eastern Congo Initiative.

There are plenty of actors with far less savvy about the political process who have run for office, and won. But Affleck also has, particularly after “Argo,” a new chapter in his film career, unlike Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others who jumped into the arena when their acting careers showed signs of stalling and they were on the hunt for something new. The biggest challenge, however, has got to be the scrutiny, and without the protective layer of the industry’s P.R. machinery, it is bound to be intense even for those who have from time to time found themselves in the tabloids or on TMZ.

Affleck’s post is below:

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