Scott Brown Hinting He Might Run In New Hampshire?

Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is doing nothing to quell speculation that he might run for office in New Hampshire, where he owns a home:

Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown is not ruling out a bid for Senate in New Hampshire, he told reporters in Nashua Thursday night.

The Associated Press reports that Brown called New Hampshire “almost a second home.” Asked if he was interested in challenging Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in 2014, Brown said, “I’m not going to rule out anything right now.”

The former lawmaker was speaking to the press after delivering the keynote address at a dinner honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. He’s planning to return to New Hampshire for an April 20 luncheon for the Grafton County Republican Committee.


While New Hampshire is swingier than Massachusetts, a recent WMUR Granite State Pollfound Shaheen comfortably positioned for reelection with a favorability rating of 59 percent. Former senator John Sununu, who beat Shaheen in 2002 and was beaten by her in 2008, is a potential Republican contender, along with former Reps. Frank Guinta and Jeb Bradley.

While New Hampshire might be a better fit for Brown’s brand of politics than Massachusetts, I strikes me that he’d have a hard time getting around the charge of being a carpetbagger.

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  1. Gustopher says:

    New Hampshire is where people from Massachusetts go to buy alcohol, and where they go to run for Senate as a Republican. It’s a time honored tradition — at least the first part.

  2. wr says:

    I can already hear the first ad: “I didn’t bother running for the open seat in Massachusetts where my party desperately needed a candidate, because that would have been hard. Vote for me now!”

  3. Tsar Nicholas says:

    From MA to NH simply is like being a normal MA resident, isn’t it? People in droves have been fleeing the Bay State for better living and working environs. For obvious reasons. Well, not so obvious to the usual suspects.

    As far as Brown goes, he’s a good guy and a pretty good Senator. NH is not nearly as loopy as MA, so it’s not inconceivable regarding the former that Brown could win a major contest there. Although if you’re Brown why in hell would you want to be in the U.S. Senate? Being a junior senator in the minority party is like being a can of Schlitz at a wine bar.

  4. Surreal American says:

    As far as Brown goes, he’s a good guy and a pretty good Senator.

    *Was* a Senator, Tsarevich. Is now a Fox News flunky.

    I’ll leave it to others to decide the “goodness” of SB.

  5. rudderpedals says:

    A man of negotiable regional affection.

  6. ecoftesse says:

    There are certainly lots of details like that to take into consideration. That’s an excellent point to bring up. I give the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly one can find questions like the 1 you bring up where probably the most fundamental factor will probably be working in honest wonderful faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around items like that, but I am certain that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls really feel the impact of just a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

    red bottom heels