Brown keeps door open to future political bid
February 11th, 2013
02:08 PM ET
10 years ago

Brown keeps door open to future political bid

(CNN) - He decided against a bid this year to try and return to the U.S. Senate, but will Republican Scott Brown run instead for Massachusetts governor next year?

The former senator is non-committal, but he certainly isn't closing any doors.

"I'm going to see what happens. I know there are a lot of good candidates looking at it. It's something that I really need to recharge the engines and spend some time with my family," Brown told CNN affiliate WSHM-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts, as he was attending a College Republicans event at Amherst College Sunday.

The seat is open next year, as the state's governor, Democrat Deval Patrick, is not running for re-election.

Earlier this month Brown opted against running in a June special election to fill the final 18 months of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who stepped down from the Senate to succeed Hillary Clinton as U.S. secretary of state.

Brown said not running for the Senate was a tough decision to make.

"My wife and children wanted me to do it. I would've been able to raise the money, and every poll had me up by about 20 points so yes, of course I was thinking about it," said Brown.

In January 2010, then state lawmaker Brown upset Democratic candidate Martha Coakley, the state's attorney general, in a special election to fill the final two years of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died the previous summer.

Brown won the special election by five points over Coakley, but lost his re-election bid in November to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren by eight points. Around 2.3 million voters cast ballots in the 2010 special election, and nearly 3.2 million voted in last November's general election.

Media reports last week indicated that Brown was possibly in discussions with some of the cable news networks as a commentator. Asked about those rumors, Brown said an announcement about whether he would join a cable news channel would be made later this week.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: Massachusetts • Scott Brown
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Ha. Is Faux Noise going ot pay him $16 per word to spew nonsense?

    February 11, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Here brown, let me help you. SLAM!!!
    Hear that? Make sure the door doesn't hit you in the back.

    February 11, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Larry L

    He can go to Fox News and be what they call a "Senior Political Analyst". In reality that's a person willing to propagate distortions and conspiracies without a shred of evidence, guilt or honor. He's perfect!

    February 11, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    Am I the only person that thinks this guy looks creepy?? What exactly are the prerequisites to become a member of Congress or governor? Skin color and money??

    February 11, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "What exactly are the prerequisites to become a member of Congress or governor? Skin color and money??"


    Next question.

    February 11, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, Humm,
    Now who wants to be a Senator with Harry Reid in charge. Harry is Fiddleing while Rome Burns. Why don't all you Nanny Staters take a vacation. I hear Nigara Falls is a good destination. Take a barrel along.

    February 11, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    Thanks Sniffit, I can always count on you!

    February 11, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |