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Posted at 12:03 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2013
Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott P. Brown will headline the New Hampshire GOP’s holiday party later this month, fueling more speculation about his political aspirations in the Granite State.
The Tuesday announcement from the state party comes as Brown gives serious consideration to challenging Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., after losing his Senate seat in the neighboring Bay State just one year ago.
Brown, who recently donated $10,000 to the state party, will speak at the Dec. 19 event. Tickets to the event cost $50.
“Senator Brown is an outstanding leader and a strong voice for fiscally responsible policies,” New Hampshire GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Horn said in a statement. “He has been a tremendous supporter of our party and we are grateful that he continues to help us raise the resources we need to win in 2014.”
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has recruited Brown to run, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Brown’s former colleague, said he would certainly put the state in play for Republicans. Brown has spent a considerable amount of time in the state, stumping and fundraising for local candidates.
Brown also mentioned New Hampshire twice in an op-ed on Obamacare published Tuesday on FoxNews.com.
Meanwhile, an online petition drive to “Draft Scott Brown” was recently launched. And providing more evidence that Brown is shedding his Massachusetts profile, he recently dropped the “MA” from his Twitter handle and added “Sen.” He now goes by @SenScottBrown.
Should he decide to challenge Shaheen, Brown will face in the Republican primary another former senator who is moving to New Hampshire to launch a bid. Former Sen. Robert C. Smith, R-N.H., who had moved to Florida, said this week that he intends to run.
The race is rated Democratic Favored by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.