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Scott Brown Appears Closer To Running For Senate In New Hampshire

Scott Brown on swearing in day

For the better part of a year now, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has been mentioned as a potential challenger to Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen in November. Shaheen, of course, is a Senator from New Hampshire instead of Massachusetts, but Brown has taken several steps that have led many observers to believe that he was preparing to take her on, including changing his permanent residence from Massachsetts to New Hampshire early in 2013 and making appearances before Republican groups throughout the state. Now, there are reports that Brown is quietly assembling a campaign staff:

BOSTON — Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has begun seeking campaign staff while aggressively courting New Hampshire’s political elite, marking what local Republicans consider his first serious steps toward launching a Senate campaign against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

The stakes are high for the GOP’s national push for the Senate majority this fall as well as for Brown’s own political ambitions.

The longtime Massachusetts resident, having recently relocated to his seacoast New Hampshire vacation home, spent much of the past two weeks calling key New Hampshire Republican officials and influential GOP activists, indicating that he was likely to run and seeking their support. At the same time, Brown’s camp has quietly begun offering paid positions to Republican operatives for a prospective New Hampshire campaign.

Several people involved in the discussions believe that Brown has decided to run, but there remains a healthy dose of skepticism given the former Republican senator’s recent track record. The 54-year-old Brown angered Massachusetts Republicans last year after indicating he would run in the state’s special U.S. Senate election, only to change his mind late in the process.

“He’s been reaching out to opinion leaders, to grassroots activists, getting a sense of, ‘Would you be supporting a Scott Brown campaign,'” said former New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta, who is running again for Congress and was included in Brown’s outreach efforts. “That, to me, says he’s serious. But I think only Scott Brown knows if Scott Brown is going to run.”

Democrats hope he does not.

While recent polls give Shaheen a solid lead in a prospective matchup, Brown’s near-universal name recognition in a state that shares a media market with Massachusetts and his national fundraising network would make him a serious contender on Day One should he enter the race

If Brown makes New Hampshire competitive, then that would make the odds of a GOP Senate takeover that much greater, of course.

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Comments

  1. argon says:

    Dang. I’ll need to move to New Hampshire to keep voting against him.

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  2. Andre Kenji says:

    Yes, a carpetbagger from Massachusetts can make a Senate race in New Hampshire competitive.

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  3. MarkedMan says:

    I lived in NY and had Hillary “carpetbag” her way in and never had a problem with it. It was obvious from her husband’s second term that they were comfortable in NY and were planning on moving there when he left office. There was never any doubt in my mind that she would represent NY State in the Senate. Brown has a bit more to overcome. Unless he’s got some family history in NH that I don’t know about, his opponent could make the case that he doesn’t have NH’s best interests at heart but rather will view every initiative on how it plays on the national stage.

    Given that, it’s up to the people of NH. The whole term carpet bagger is silly. If you hire someone to do a job and they do it well, then who cares where they lived five years ago? (‚Ķsays the guy who has lived and worked in 3 different countries and eight different states. Perhaps not the most un-biased viewpoint?)

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  4. PJ says:

    One person, Sam Houston, has been elected governor of two different states.

    21 US Representatives have been elected from two different states, but only 15 of these have done it by moving to another state. This has only happened three times since 1900.

    No US Senator has been elected from two different states.

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  5. Pinky says:

    Yes, Brown has a very high name recognition. It’s a color!

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  6. grumpy realist says:

    Brown is more of a fit to NH tastes than Massachusetts, however. The question is whether NH will accept him.

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  7. Audock says:

    Hey PJ,

    Check out Senator James Shields. It appears he was elected to serve in the Senate from the three different states (Illinois, Minnesota, and Missouri).

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