Brown, former Massachusetts senator, may return to politics in New Hampshire
April 5th, 2013
04:12 AM ET
1 year ago

Brown, former Massachusetts senator, may return to politics in New Hampshire

(CNN) - Former Sen. Scott Brown, the Massachusetts Republican who in November lost his reelection bid for a full term, said Thursday night he is considering a return to politics, and possibly not in the state which previously sent him to Washington.

"I don't think I'm done with politics, but I'm not going to rule out anything right now because I really haven't thought a heck of a lot about it," he said, when asked by reporters whether he would run for office in New Hampshire.

Scott was speaking at a Republican political event there and underscored his ties to the state which is just north of Massachusetts.

"New Hampshire is like a second home," he said. "I was born at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, my mom and sister and family live here, spent summers here growing up, have a house here, I've been a taxpayer for 20 years. It's not a far drive, either."

That's good language for a politician considering running for a U.S. Senate seat in the state, but also the sort of verbage Granite Staters are used to hearing by suitors ahead of the state's first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

The seat currently held by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, will be on the ballot next year. Shaheen returned from political retirement to run for the seat in 2008. She previously served as governor from 1997 to 2003.

Asked if he was interested in challenging Shaheen, Brown replied, "It's not something I've been spending any time really focusing on."

Brown won his Senate seat in a 2010 special election after the death of former Sen. Ted Kennedy. But he lost in a closely-watched race last November to Elizabeth Warren, and chose to sit out this year's special election to fill the Bay State's other Senate seat, which was vacated by John Kerry upon his installation as Secretary of State.

Before that, Brown held a series of political offices in Massachusetts, including in the state House and state Senate.

If he did run, Brown would almost certainly campaign under the description he used for himself Thursday, that of a "proud moderate."

"People need to check not only Jeanne's record but Kelly's record and everyone else's record to see how they vote," he said, noting both Shaheen and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire. He said voters should not make decisions based on "rhetoric instead of actually doing the homework and finding out where and how they voted."

– CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Robert

    Maybe he can keep driving right to Newfoundland. I hear they badly need phonies in plaid flannel shirts up there.

    April 5, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  2. Joel

    The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is in Maine, not New Hampshire.

    April 5, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    New Hampshire is like a second home," he said. "I was born at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, my mom and sister and family live here, spent summers here growing up, have a house here, I've been a taxpayer for 20 years. It's not a far drive, either."
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    Well, if he's been a New Hampshire taxpayer for 20 years, how on earth was he able to run for Senator in Massachusetts?

    April 5, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Translation – "Like other Republicans, I realize that I cannot win another election in the state where I live, so I am moving elsewhere to a Safe Republican State and competing against the local Republicans to run for office there. As I have already been on the national scene, I expect they will all back out when they see I wish to run." Back in the 1860s, these were called "Carpetbaggers".

    April 5, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  5. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    If brown dumped the gop he might have a chance . But when you support a stupid party ,most people don't want to be considered stupid enough to vote for. You . Gop needs to be kicked out of the house to move forward!!!!

    April 5, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |