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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:19 PM

Ben Affleck drops out of Senate race

Source: Boston Herald


The star and director of “The Town” and "Argo" announced via Facebook tonight he’s out of the running to replace U.S. Sen. John Kerry next year.

“I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office,” Affleck wrote on his Facebook page tonight. “Right now it’s a privilege to spend my time working with Eastern Congo Initiative, 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.”

Affleck praised Kerry as a suitable State Department replacement for the outgoing Hillary Clinton.

“We are about to get a great Secretary of State and there are some phenomenal candidates in Massachusetts for his Senate seat,” wrote Affleck. “I look forward to an amazing campaign.”

Read more: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/herald_bulldog/2012/12/ben_affleck_drops_out_senate_race

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Response to shawmut (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:21 PM

1. don't you have to get in before you can drop out ?

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Response to JI7 (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:25 PM

2. Yes, but this is the Boston Herald talking.

I agree with Ben Affleck though. We have some great potential candidates and a few of them will decide to run once there will be a race.

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Response to Mass (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:01 PM

5. Who are the great potential candidates?

I'm not in MA, so I'm curious.

And I'll say a little prayer that they are not so of the same old, limp and lame type Dems.

We need some folks with a spine to step to the front of the candidate line.

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:36 AM

16. Ed Markey, Capuano.

And frankly they are both a lot better than Ben Affleck.

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Response to shawmut (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:28 PM

3. That is too bad - I think he could have won (the debates w/ Scott Brown would have been awesome)!

I also believe that he would be a great Senator - one that couldnt be bought by special interest groups!!!!

He is smart and I like his politics....once again, a real shame he decided not to run....

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Response to Pachamama (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:29 AM

13. He is a good guy.

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Response to shawmut (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:42 PM

4. Making Scott Brown the easy winner

 

-1 for Dems

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Response to banned from Kos (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:38 PM

10. Naw, your negativity is not going to happen.

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Response to banned from Kos (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:55 PM

12. Why?

Ed Markey has a money advantage right out of the gate.

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Response to shawmut (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:01 PM

6. Awww, but there's a Kennedy in waiting. . .

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Response to appacom (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:11 PM

7. Don't think so any more...sadly.

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Response to shawmut (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:12 PM

8. He'd have Jay and Silent Bob on his campaign staff

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Response to shawmut (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:37 PM

9. It's not "dropping out" if you were never in the race.. but,

I'm glad he's making it clear that he won't be entering so the speculation can end.

Thanks Ben..

“We are about to get a great Secretary of State and there are some phenomenal candidates in Massachusetts for his Senate seat,” wrote Affleck. “I look forward to an amazing campaign.”


Thank you, shawmut


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Response to shawmut (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:45 PM

11. This may mean that the Democratic machine in Massachusetts has already chosen someone.

Wonder who?

Is Barney Frank from Massachusetts?

He would do well, wouldn't he?

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 06:26 AM

14. Barney Frank is 72, and I doubt he'll run.

He didn't run for re-election to his House seat this year, although that was partly because of redistricting.

There are two other incumbent Representatives who are members of the Progressive Caucus who might run: Mike Capuano, who lost in the primary in the special election to fill the seat after Ted Kennedy's death, and Ed Markey. There has also been speculation about various Kennedy family members, who lack the solid records of Capuano and Markey but who have the magic of the name.

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Response to shawmut (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:06 AM

15. The Democrats need to keep this seat

We need the strongest possible candidate and we must not allow Scott Brown to get back to the Senate

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:09 PM

17. While I worry about the seat...

Scott lost an election. Neither party re-runs proven losers.

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