Ben Affleck for Congress?

Ben Affleck for Congress?
Ben Affleck
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updated 05/06/2004 at 09:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/06/2004 6:05AM

Is Ben Affleck planning to run for Congress? Speculation abounds that the politically minded actor may be considering it. In an effort to see if there is fire amid all the smoke, we asked around.

"He'd have no problem with the women's vote," Kori Bernards, spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said with a smile. "Depending on which district he chose, we would certainly welcome a bid for Congress by him. He has a famous name and has expressed Democratic leanings. But we haven't heard anything about him running for Congress."

Which district, indeed: Affleck could seek to represent a district in Massachusetts, where he grew up, or run for office in Georgia's First District, since he owns a home there. That district is now represented by six-term incumbent Jack Kingston, who invited Affleck to bring it on. "Based on his pick of women and his pick of a home site, he has very good taste," said Kingston. "If he wants to represent the prettiest district in America, I wouldn't blame him a bit."

Of course, Affleck's rep Ken Sunshine threw cold water on the whole thing. "I really hope someday he does it. ... But right now he has no plans (to run)," he said. "He's reading many movie scripts, and getting ready to do several movies." (Affleck is set to appear on the big screen next in Surviving Christmas, due in the fall.)

Okay, so, what does Ben himself say? When asked (during his appearance with Sen. Ted Kennedy at the Capitol last week), he responded, "Well, I certainly have wonderful role models here if that ever happens." Hmm – kind of a politician's answer, wouldn't you say?

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