Brown stokes more speculation about Senate run in NH
December 3rd, 2013
12:17 PM ET
1 year ago

Brown stokes more speculation about Senate run in NH

(CNN) – He may have served as U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, but Scott Brown is dropping more hints that he might make a bid to return to Capitol Hill from neighboring New Hampshire.

Brown, who owns a vacation home in the Granite State, will serve as the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire GOP's holiday reception on Dec. 19. The news, first reported Tuesday by WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire, was confirmed by CNN.

Brown's already made a bunch of trips to New Hampshire this year to speak to local Republican groups.

Also Tuesday, Brown is out with a new opinion piece that fuels more speculation that he's eyeing a Senate bid in New Hampshire. In the op-ed on FoxNews.com, Brown highlights what he describes as the negative effects of the federal health care law in New Hampshire, rather than in Massachusetts.

"For example, in New Hampshire, only 16 of the state's 26 hospitals are available on the federal exchange, meaning patients must either pay more to keep their current doctor or seek inferior care elsewhere," Brown writes. "Neither is a good option."

While not naming Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who's up for re-election next year, Brown appears to take a shot at her (and other Democrats who support the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare), by writing that "Not only is President Obama to blame here, so too are every single one of the Democratic senators who forced this fiasco on the American people."

In January 2010 Brown, then a little known Massachusetts GOP state senator, pulled an upset, winning a special election to serve the final three years of the term of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, who had died the previous summer. Last year, Brown lost his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.

Since leaving Capitol Hill, Brown has taken an on-air contributor gig at Fox News, has served as a colonel in the Army National Guard's office at the Pentagon and as an attorney at the Boston law firm of Nixon Peabody.

Scott passed on running in a special election in Massachusetts earlier this year to fill the term of former Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who stepped down to become U.S. Secretary of State. And he announced earlier this year that he wouldn't make a 2014 bid for an open governor's seat in the Bay State.

Last month, in another hint about a possible run for the Senate in New Hampshire, Brown dropped the 'MA' from his Twitter handle.

When asked by reporters earlier this year if he would consider running for office in the Granite State, Brown said, "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."

Brown also made a recent trip to Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential caucus and primary calendar, stoking some speculation that he might have designs on the White House in 2016.

Former Sen. Bob Smith announced over the weekend that he plans to move back to New Hampshire from Florida, to run for the Senate seat he lost in a Republican primary in 2002. Two candidates, conservative activist Karen Testerman and former state Sen. Jim Reubens, are already in the race, but several stronger candidates, including former Sen. John Sununu, passed on a Senate run.


Filed under: 2014 • Congress • New Hampshire • Scott Brown
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    OK, then. I'm guessing he's not "thinking a heck of a lot" about New Hampshirites either.

    But we ARE talking Scott Brown ... who apparently spends a great deal of time pandering
    about, well ... Scott Brown.

    December 3, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Okay. Brown owns a vacation home in New Hampshire. He's figured out that he cannot win again in Massachusetts. I don't know what the rules are in NH, but I would suspect that they would include some sort of residency requirement. What state has Brown been filing under for his state and fedeal income taxes lately?

    December 3, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. just saying

    he'll make a great republican senator from nh! get rid of the lying democrat senator that voted for obamacare people of new hampshire!!

    December 3, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    We've got another Liz Cheney. Claim your from the place that you intend on running in when in actuality your roots are somewhere else. You showed your true chauvinistic ways when you ran against Sen. Warren Scotty. I prefer not to have Wall Street's "favorite senator" back in Congress.

    December 3, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Never Gone' Happen MittensRobme

    Yea, why not go to a state where I think I can win so I can go back on being on the government payroll of FREE HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE, FREE OBAMA PHONE, over $170,000 yearly salary & estacodes, FREE to DO NOTHING as bird but just to crap on the American people with whatever hatred-talking-point of the day the GOP could quickly manufacture against the president!!!...............Scott Borwn is a typical politician who just want the free stuff and then turn around and call hard working Americans moochers!!!
    !

    December 3, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. PaulCat

    I figure out the problems with the GOP, as to why they hate Obamacare so much. THEIR FEELINGS WERE HURT. Obamacare was passed without them. Hey, it's their lost. Obamacare is just what we need. Get over it children.

    December 3, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. bill

    @linda/minnesota linda please re read yout post and change the name to berry obama.

    December 3, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Put a fork in him!
    He's doing what the twit did. How rethug of them both.

    December 3, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    We've got another Liz Cheney. Claim your from the place that you intend on running in when in actuality your roots are somewhere else.
    -----–
    Hillary Clinton?

    December 3, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. much thunder..little rain

    one of the few good ones ...hope he runs

    December 3, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ bill

    Why? President Obama won't be running for office either in 2014 or 2016. Well, that and the fact that this is a Scott Brown article whom CNN is implying that he (Brown) is (or isn't) contemplating a second (non consecutive) term as U.S. Senator.

    Oh, BTW: Although I fully admit it isn't any of my business - nor do I care - I get that you don't like Obama. That's your problem to deal with, bill. Not mine.

    December 3, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    We've got another Liz Cheney. Claim your from the place that you intend on running in when in actuality your roots are somewhere else.
    -––
    Hillary Clinton?
    ----------------------–
    Hillary Clinton had moved in to the newly purchased home in Chappaqua, New York in 1998. And she filed New York State income taxes, and everything else called for by election laws. What about Brown? He just ran for Senator in MA in 2012, which should mean that he filed taxes in MA. Right?

    December 3, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    We've got another Liz Cheney. Claim your from the place that you intend on running in when in actuality your roots are somewhere else.
    -––
    Hillary Clinton?
    --------–
    Hillary Clinton had moved in to the newly purchased home in Chappaqua, New York in 1998. And she filed New York State income taxes, and everything else called for by election laws. What about Brown? He just ran for Senator in MA in 2012, which should mean that he filed taxes in MA. Right?
    -------
    And just in a prior post on this very thread you admit you don't know what the rules are in NH. You should quit while you're behind.

    December 3, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    he'll make a great republican senator from nh! get rid of the lying democrat senator that voted for obamacare people of new hampshire!!
    ------------------------
    Uh. Brown supported the 2006 MA health care law, RomneyCare. He wasn't around yet for the December 2009 vote that defeated the GOP filibuster of the ACA in the Senate.

    December 3, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. Tommy G

    NH Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen voted for Obamacare.... BYE BYE!!!

    December 3, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. yolanda

    @Fair is Fair
    Yes, Hillary Clinton. And before her in 1968 Robert Kennedy. Both "moved" to New York to run for Senate, but Grasshopper you must understand that there is a difference in that they are Democrats and thus pure like the freshly fallen snow. Do not question the knowledge of Rudy and Dutch and all of the other gathered sages.

    December 3, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    How is it possible for Brown to run for MA Senator in 2012, and then NH Senator in 2014? Are NH rules that lax?

    December 3, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. just saying

    Rudy NYC
    How is it possible for Brown to run for MA Senator in 2012, and then NH Senator in 2014? Are NH rules that lax?
    --

    as lax as they are in ny when hillary clinton played the carpetbagger. but that was just so, so, so much different, right?

    December 3, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    As long as he meets the residency requirements, he can run. Why not? He would be a member of that elite club that has lost a senate race in 2 states.

    December 3, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |