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February 14, 2016

Scott Brown Announces Preparations for Senate Bid

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Sen. Scott P. Brown, R-Mass., announced Friday he is preparing to run for Senate in New Hampshire, kicking off a nearly unprecedented bid to represent a second state in the Senate.

Brown’s decision, unveiled in a speech at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, N.H., comes 16 months after he was defeated for re-election in the neighboring Bay State by Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

If he wins the Sept. 9 GOP primary and can defeat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Brown would become just the third person in history — and first since the 1870s — to have represented more than one state in the Senate, according to the Senate Historical Office.

“Starting tomorrow morning, and for the next several weeks, Gail and I will be traveling around the state to introduce ourselves, to ask questions, to speak with everyone of every background — Republicans, independents and Democrats alike — and above all to listen to them and learn of their concerns,” Brown said, according to his prepared remarks.

Brown, heavily favored to take the Republican nomination, starts out as an underdog against Shaheen, who had $3.4 million in cash on hand at the end of 2013. Still, his candidacy expands the map by one more state for national Republicans, who need a net gain of six seats to win the majority.

Speculation about a potential bid in New Hampshire for Brown started nearly a year ago. Over the past 12 months, Brown began popping up around the Granite State, stumping for candidates and contributing money to campaigns. He’s since sold his Massachusetts home and participated in a local polar bear swim.

The final piece of the puzzle came early Friday afternoon, when Fox News announced it had terminated his contract.

In the GOP primary, Brown faces a handful of other contenders, including fellow former Sen. Bob Smith and former state Sen. Jim Rubens.

  • Forums4Justice

    no more “whichever way the wind blows for me” … once was enough

  • waterbuffalo

    “heavily favored to take the nomination”? Let’s see, Smith easily takes the 2nd Amendment, RTL and Tea Party voters in an off year primary. That leaves the NHGOP leadership to vote for Brown. In the end, Brown either takes a pass, or loses to Smith in a primary.

  • blfdjlj

    Smith tried to run for Senate in Florida twice, dropping out both times. that doesn’t even take into account his run for the presidency and subsequent party switching. He was primaried out of his Senate seat following that, and he is the more likely candidate to drop out.

  • teapartyidiots

    The polling looks bad for him in the GE. Shaheen is popular.

  • waterbuffalo

    We’ll have to agree to disagree on that. IMHO, Smith’s in the race to the end. My guess is that Brown eventually sees what I see and doesn’t announce. Let’s face it, he’s also thinking about a run for the Presidency and losing a NH US Senate primary wouldn’t be much of a start.

  • blfdjlj

    He has much higher name recognition in the primary than anyone else (Smith was senator over a decade ago and had stumbled a lot then). If Brown has any trouble winning the primary against third-tier opposition, it could spell doom for the general election (assuming, of course, that Brown follows through the exploratory committee and announces a bid).

  • waterbuffalo

    The intensity of Smith’s support makes him first tier competition and the NHGOP’s best shot at beating Shaheen. Outside the NHGOP leadership, such as it is, Brown’s support’s pretty close to nil.

  • blfdjlj

    Smith was primaried out of office in 2002. He stumbled repeatedly, running for president, dropping out, quitting the GOP, rejoining it, losing his primary, moving to Florida, running for office there twice before dropping out. Many voters might not remember him given how many years ago he last lived anywhere near the state. Scott Brown arguably has closer ties to New Hampshire than Smith.

  • waterbuffalo

    Smith was a (three term?) US Representative from NH before his election to the Senate and, IIRC, a high school teacher in NH before that. Other than his service in the Navy and his recent time in Florida, I think he’s been in NH his entire adult life. I think Brown’ll find his ties to the state a little thin by comparison.

  • Hadris Ellsberg

    If liberty did not reveal that certain decisions lead to better results than others, then much of the argument for liberty would disappear.

  • terjeanderson

    But if “liberty” did not endless spam discussion boards with completely off-topic posts using sock puppet identities, then much of the argument for simplistic pseudo-libertarian philosophies would disappear.

  • Amanda Nevada

    Since new ways of doing things tend to be most useful, it is clear that liberty’s value doesn’t depend upon notions of intellectual merit.

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