Heard on the Hill: Wishful Thinking?

Posted November 30, 2010 at 6:36pm

Actor Ben Affleck introduced Sen. John Kerry at a panel discussion about the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Tuesday — and his remarks hinted he might have public office in his sights.

Appearing at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Affleck said the Massachusetts Democrat is “an exquisite example of what we might try to be in public service.” Interesting that Affleck — who has long been rumored to be interested in running for Congress — said “we,” isn’t it?

Kerry, meanwhile, praised Affleck’s loyalty to Boston sports, calling him a “fellow member of Red Sox nation.”

A scruffy-looking Affleck talked extensively about his love for the Congolese people. He founded the advocacy group Eastern Congo Initiative and said he first became interested in conditions in the African nation several years ago.

This marks the second time in recent weeks that a member of the Affleck clan has advocated in D.C. Affleck’s wife, actress Jennifer Garner, recently lobbied Congress on behalf of early childhood education programs.

Perhaps the duo are preparing for a new role as a political power couple?