Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Well, it couldn't be any worse than his acting.

Affleck for Senator?

Actor Ben Affleck has been eyed for a new role -- as a U.S. Senator.

The Washington Post reports Virginia Democrats have hatched plans to run the Hollywood actor against Republican Senator George Allen in next year's election.

Affleck and his pregnant wife, Jennifer Garner, are said to have shopped for a house around Charlottesville, Va., but still appear far from making a move anytime soon.

Once Affleck's name was mentioned by state Democrats, it proved extremely popular.

University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato says, "It spread pretty widely, at least in the political underground."

Affleck's representative Ken Sunshine says there's no reason to think Affleck would run, but adds, "He would make a superb public candidate for public office in the future."

During the 2004 Democratic National Convention in his hometown of Boston, Mass., a highly visible Affleck campaigned actively for presidential nominee John Kerry.