Bonus bow-out: Ted Kennedy Jr. also announced he won’t seek Lurch’s seat.

Via Politico:

Ben Affleck became the second big-name Democrat on Christmas Eve to take a pass on the soon-to-be-vacant Massachusetts Senate seat.

The actor took to his Facebook page Monday to say he’s not running to replace Sen. John Kerry, who’s expected to easily win confirmation as secretary of state. Earlier Monday, Ted Kennedy Jr. said he’s not taking the plunge into elected politics, either.

“I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office,” Affleck wrote. “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. everyday and using filmmaking to entertain and foster discussion about issues like our relationship to Iran.”