Brown: I’m not running for Governor in Massachusetts

posted at 3:21 pm on August 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

CBS reported this as “breaking news” last night, and it might be in Massachusetts. Scott Brown has decided to take a pass on the gubernatorial election in Massachusetts, while apparently keeping his options open for something a little higher:

Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown will not be a candidate for Massachusetts governor next year. He made the announcement Wednesday on NightSide With Dan Rea on WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

He had been mentioned as a possible GOP candidate.

Brown won the 2010 special election for U.S. Senate, beating Attorney General Martha Coakley. In 2012, he lost to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

This past Sunday, Brown told supporters at the Iowa State Fair that he is “exploring a possible run” for president in 2016.

This seems very odd to me, in one sense at least. A run for governor would probably do no damage to Brown’s standing in Massachusetts for later political campaigns, and may even hold some chance of success. Deval Patrick is coming off of two terms in office that have seen health-care costs explode (thanks to RomneyCare!), and while the state is reliably liberal, it has been known to elect Republicans to the top job, even if they don’t for Senate and House seats — Mitt Romney and William Weld being the recent examples. Brown, who remains a well-regarded figure in his home state, at least has a shot at winning in that election.

As Allahpundit pointed out earlier this week, he has no shot on the national stage, none at all. Unlike other Senate short-timers, Brown has no real national following — just conservatives who were happy to poke Barack Obama in the eye by rallying behind Brown to beat Martha Coakley in a special election. Brown has no executive experience, and lost the last two elections in which he ran. The space he’d be most likely to occupy on the primary political spectrum would already be occupied by Chris Christie for northeastern Republican moderate, without Christie’s electoral success or forceful personality. Even for stunt candidacies, this doesn’t make the grade. What agenda does he want to highlight in this process? What future office does he seek, if he won’t go for the open gubernatorial spot? Help me out here.

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that Bill Brown guy faded faster than Tad Huntsman

DanMan on August 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

I support his candidacy – Jeb Bush’s too. Let him, Jeb and fatboy duke it out for the pantywaist vote.

crrr6 on August 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Douchebag

Valkyriepundit on August 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

He’s going to be a fat cat lawyer.

22044 on August 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM

He’s so dynamic and all.

Akzed on August 22, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Pick Up Truck hardest hit.

ToddPA on August 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Help me out here.

He’s trying to vie for the Christie VP slot.

nobar on August 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Crashing through HA’s “embargo” on the Oklahoma murder, which isn’t nearly as interesting as Scott Brown announcing he isn’t running for governor, there is suspicion (according to the Sydney Morning Herald)that the murder may have been part of a “gang initiation”:

http://www.smh.com.au/world/chris-lane-shooting-a-gang-initiation-says-father-who-called-police-20130822-2sdud.htm

bw222 on August 22, 2013 at 3:34 PM

I’m a republican. i live in mass. William Weld lives here again. I’d vote for him in a heartbeat.Best Mass. governor in 30 years

gerrym51 on August 22, 2013 at 3:34 PM

He’s trying to vie for the Christie VP slot.

nobar on August 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Hmmm…

Jim-Rose on August 22, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Maybe he’s planning to stay a political commentator rather than continue on in politics as a candidate. The governor’s race would have been the best fit for him if he wanted to stay active. MA occasionally votes for a Republican governor and it would have given him executive experience to try to launch a run for President. As a short-term ex-Senator of a very blue state he has no realistic shot at the Presidential nomination. He’s also not going to be that appealing as a VP candidate. Nice guy, great retail politician, but an odd decision.

Jill1066 on August 22, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Oh darn! Who the hell cares

labrat on August 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Noooooo

cmsinaz on August 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Leave him be, we used him for one thing and one thing only, vote 41 on the filibuster, and even that was a wasted effort.
I never would have donated to him unless he was vote number 41. Once he was used for what we could get out of him, nothing, he needed to be and was tossed out of office.
He could always change parties and maybe move the dems to the right by some insignificant immeasurable amount.

astonerii on August 22, 2013 at 3:42 PM

What agenda does he want to highlight in this process? What future office does he seek, if he won’t go for the open gubernatorial spot? Help me out here.

Bake Indian cookies?

Cook Native-American meals?

Release an “Early American cooking” booklet?

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 3:43 PM

********************** SIGH *****************************!!

canopfor on August 22, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Brown has no chance anywhere. Mass has a firebrand rep who is tearing into the EBT mess. She will be the next governor, if she wants it.

dogsoldier on August 22, 2013 at 3:48 PM

just conservatives who were happy to poke Barack Obama in the eye by rallying behind Brown to beat Martha Coakley in a special election.

Oh yeah, that’s what her name was…damn!
@Kennedy

ted c on August 22, 2013 at 3:56 PM

I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I, too, will not be running for Governor of Massachusetts.

Thank you.

IndieDogg on August 22, 2013 at 4:05 PM

“Brown: I’m not running for Governor in Massachusetts”

..had me going there for a minute, Ed. I thought this was Jerry Brown!

The War Planner on August 22, 2013 at 4:06 PM

I don’t want to appear stupid, or get banned, but can I veer a bit OT and ask if HA covered the Oklahoma shooting? It was all over Fox last night.

John the Libertarian on August 22, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Brown wants national facetime. He’ll get it. A run can’t hurt him any more than it Pat Buchanan or Dennis Kucinich. It’s not about winning. It’s about stage and money.

beatcanvas on August 22, 2013 at 4:09 PM

The space he’d be most likely to occupy on the primary political spectrum would already be occupied by Chris Christie for northeastern Republican moderate, without Christie’s electoral success or forceful personality.

Sometimes I think that apparachiks people run just to nudge the stronger candidate to the right or to the left, depending on the party’s goals.

RushBaby on August 22, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Mmmmmkay?

Hill60 on August 22, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Oh dang! What now? Quick, someone call Mitt. —Regular Right Guy… Full Caf Americano

Mornin Mojo on August 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Brown has serious self esteem issues due to his dysfunctional family and sexual abuse background. This vacant RINO needs to work on those issues outside of politics.

vilebody on August 22, 2013 at 5:11 PM

What last two elections did he lose???

philw1776 on August 22, 2013 at 5:50 PM

What future office does he seek, if he won’t go for the open gubernatorial spot?

New Hampshire Senator.

Hot Gas on August 22, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Why do these RINOs think they could run for President? He has ‘loser’ written all over him.

BetseyRoss on August 22, 2013 at 6:48 PM

He didn’t foreclose the possibility of running against Mr. Hackerama Markey in 2014 either. He is close with Charlie Baker for Senate, so this was a way to clear the way for him. If Brown ends up running for Senate, it could be good for both campaigns. This is at least what I HOPE happens.

cdog0613 on August 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Er, that should have read “he is close with Charlie Baker, who is running for governor,”

cdog0613 on August 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM

I don’t want to appear stupid, or get banned, but can I veer a bit OT and ask if HA covered the Oklahoma shooting? It was all over Fox last night.
John the Libertarian on August 22, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Not that I’m aware of. It’s disappointing. I would like to hear their explanation for ignoring it.

As for Scott Brown, I agree with those who want him to run for Pres in order to split the vote that would go for Christie.

bluegill on August 22, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Howie Carr had this topic on his show this afternoon and more than a few callers, some quite knowledgeable, called in to excoriate Brown for turning his back on those who elected him.

Justly deserved IMHO.

dogsoldier on August 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Donated $ to Brown. But ever since election day he’s been a disappointment

philw1776 on August 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Fooled me once…….he is a Christ Christie republican that couldn’t even beat that Progressive crackpot FauxSquawhontas Warren last year.

Scott……spread yourself to HuffPo for a centerfold otherwise your 15 minutes is way over.

PappyD61 on August 22, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Howie Carr had this topic on his show this afternoon and more than a few callers, some quite knowledgeable, called in to excoriate Brown for turning his back on those who elected him.
Justly deserved IMHO.
dogsoldier on August 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Howie should have seen this coming back when he first ran for Senator. I was surprised he was taken in so easily. The guy clearly was in it simply for the office. His principles were sketchy at best.

Cleombrotus on August 22, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Browns campaign volunteers are worn out, when he runs they throw everything but the kitchen sink at him, and he had to raise a few million dollars to battle Rich Elizabeth Warren and her media entourage the last time. He spent all his time raising money. He did not get to do anything fiscally conservative in Harry Reids
Senate, it was a dissapointment, and his media coverage from the liberal point of view intends to alienate liberals AND conservatives. His charismatic personality arouses media jealousies and a mean streak in media and democrats alike. They don’t want you to like him, and they do think about souring his base. The same guys that call up Howie Carr and whine about the banks or wall street are the people that pushed him into the box where he had to work on Dodd Frank, because in MA they are populists. The People’s Seat. Republicans on Capital Hill did not give him a microphone…just like Rubio they let their seniority rules dictate, and when these junior senators go rogue they hang them out to dry.

Fleuries on August 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

From what I have heard here in MA Brown really hated the Washington environment. That was why it made sense when he passed on the chance to easily beat Markey a few months ago. This may just be an extension of his dissatisfaction with holding public office. As much as he was good at being an everyman on the stump, I think he just didn’t like it.

If Brown were ever to return to politics I think it would have to be in some sort of an appointed role. He is a reserve corp Jag, and now a holder of several business roles. I believe Brown is either taking the route to a private life, a cabinet position, or some sort of pundit role (his family has a media history, as his wife is a leading news anchor in Boston and his daughter is a popular singer).

eski502 on August 22, 2013 at 9:02 PM

As much as I hate RINOS, it disgusts me that people on here are so opposed to electing moderate Republicans in states where staunch conservatives just won’t win. You can’t hold a national majority without a few Brown types stealing Dem seats in states like Massachusetts. Sure, it is annoying to deal with them sometimes but it is far better than having a bunch of Liz Warren votes against you on EVERY issue. Wouldn’t you rather have Brown with you 75% of the time than someone who is with you never? I would.

I’m sure I’ll get a ton of crap for saying this, but it is the pragmatic truth. I don’t like them, but we need them. Obviously they shouldn’t be party leadership or Presidential candidates, but senators and house members can’t hurt.

eski502 on August 22, 2013 at 9:12 PM

He’s a RINO dope, but MA Governor is almost the only thing conservatives would cheer him on to. Very strange decision. He must be independently wealthy and wish to retire.

Jaibones on August 22, 2013 at 11:25 PM

The ol’ Herb Cain Icarus curse.
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But still head and shoulders above all the liberal aholes pond scummng in the Taxachusetts ” government “

FlaMurph on August 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Brown had a golden chance to rid Massachussetts of the curse of the Kennedys by doing something useful in DC, but he blew it.

Brown lost to Warren, the idiot squaw of Harvard.

Brown has nothing to offer.

virgo on August 23, 2013 at 12:10 AM

No idea. Seems like a mistake to me. Would be curious to know his plan as well. Maybe he’s looking ahead to 2020 and trying to get his feet wet on the National scene in 2016 ? Who knows

deadrody on August 23, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Let’s be clear though – Scott Brown lost to the media machine and its epic manufactured “war on women”. Not only did he probably lose votes on his own over that bunch of nonsense, but in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the NE, I know plenty of people that voted for Obama (and likely against Romney, Scott Brown, etc) solely on the basis of “women’s issue” and “gay issues”. In other words, issues for which there was no policy being debated nor proposed, but on which Republicans were skewered by the media and the liberal machine (but I repeat myself).

deadrody on August 23, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Howie should have seen this coming back when he first ran for Senator. I was surprised he was taken in so easily. The guy clearly was in it simply for the office. His principles were sketchy at best.

Cleombrotus on August 22, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Brown fooled a lot of people into thinking he was a conservative.

deadrody on August 23, 2013 at 9:50 AM

He only lost because he betrayed the base and they refused to come out for him. They dud not put out signs, go door to door, attend rallies, or vote for him.

That’s why he lost and no other reason.

dogsoldier on August 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM