Scott Brown “officially” thinking about running for Senate in New Hampshire

posted at 11:31 am on March 15, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

As Ed already predicted, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown visited us here yesterday at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire. While he’s not formally in the race to unseat Jeanne Shaheen, he was ready to announce that he’s formed his exploratory committee, effectively tossing his hat into the ring. But judging by the crowd here, despite his rather high national profile, Brown isn’t looking at a walk in the park in terms of making it through the GOP primary. Residents are a bit skeptical regarding Brown on a few points, including his somewhat dubious bona fides as a Granite State son. But during his comments yesterday, he attempted to allay those concerns.

“So much of my life played out in Massachusetts and I’m very proud and thankful for those opportunities, but a big part of it was always right here in New Hampshire,” Brown said, adding his “strong family ties” helped bring him back as a “full-time resident.”

Brown focused on his blue-collar roots and even got emotional at one point when talking about his grandparents, saying, “I think of them often these days, because so much of the time we spent together was here in New Hampshire.”

I had the chance to speak to two different New Hampshire state party officials on background about Brown last night before dinner and neither of them seemed particularly persuaded. Both agreed that Brown seemed “like a very nice man” but expressed the same opinion that he isn’t really a New Hampshire guy. One went so far as to say, “Don’t get me wrong, Scott’s a good man. But he’s no Bob Smith.” (Smith, a former Senator, is also expected to get into the primary race.

The second official I spoke with brought up a different concern. After agreeing that Brown was a great guy, she leaned in a bit and said, “He’s really not right on guns, you know.” This is an issue which the media has already noted will likely dog Brown in his quest for the nomination.

Brown came out in support of a federal assault weapons ban in late-2012, reversing his previous position that it should be left to the states. He’s already faced protests from gun-rights advocates. The protests received national and local coverage. Former senator Bob Smith (R), who is likely Brown’s main competition for the nomination and has already been hitting him, is to the right of Brown on guns.

Brown still has plenty of time to make the sale and convince Granite State residents that he’s the man for the job, but it may prove to be more of an uphill battle than he anticipated. From the admittedly small sample of party leaders and activists I’m seeing here this weekend, the best description I would assign to their attitude is curious, but skeptical. But now that he’s officially a resident of New Hampshire, voters here can probably expect to be seeing him all over the state and on their TV screens from now until the primary election.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Isn’t New Hampshire the libfreeordie state?

But seriously, I’m amazed he got elected once in MA. The state that re-elects Deval Patricks and Elizabeth Warrens.

Lanceman on March 15, 2014 at 11:42 AM

I am getting tired of politicians, who when they lose in one state, go to another state to try and win there. Representing the citizens of a state is not as important as winning and becoming one of the insiders.

Tinker on March 15, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Shouldn’t the fact that he was the 60th vote to approve Dodd – Frank in the US senate be enough to disqualify him..?

ujorge on March 15, 2014 at 11:53 AM

We all saw what he did to the conservatives in Mass. and we don’t want him.

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/03/14/brown-ramping-up-senate-run-in-new-hampshire-ap/comment-page-1/#comment-7832242

dogsoldier on March 15, 2014 at 11:54 AM

When did carpet bagging get to be chic? If he fails in New Hampshire is he going to move to Vermont?

coolrepublica on March 15, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Brown has a lot of talent in politics. We need more people, not less. Better inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in. Who is the alternative?

Ted Torgerson on March 15, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Officially thinking? That’s a pretty scary thought right there.

Most of us grumpies prefer thinking unofficially. Just saying.

platypus on March 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Scotty is as conservative as you’ll get up there.

Or perhaps you’d prefer a bunch of Angus Youngs/Bernie Sanderses?

Lanceman on March 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Scotty did vote against the DREAM Act in the 2010 lame duck session, but I’m sure by now he supports amnesty just like Ayotte.

Wigglesworth on March 15, 2014 at 12:16 PM

I’ve been a good conservative and voted the party faithful line, but Scott Brown is my line in the sand.

He shares very few of my values. He is not pro-life, he likes mandates, he supports the “scary looking gun ban”, he turned his back on the people who got him elected in his re-election campaign so loyalty means nothing to him which means he’d do the same here in New Hampshire, and he likes the Democrats more than his own party at least 50% of the time. According to Bloomberg Gov’t watch, over his 3 years in the Senate he voted with the Dems 53%.

Hmmm, that voting record looks like the Democrat we already have in the Senate now!

NHElle on March 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM

NHElle on March 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM

How talented you are! Three paragraphs and you’ve said all that needs saying.

platypus on March 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Do these idiots want to unseat shaheen or not. Bob smith cannot and will not defeat her.

Scott brown is one more vote to make obama’s last 2 years a living hell. Shaheen is one more vote for Harry Reid.

Take your pick.

matthew8787 on March 15, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Arnold would call him a girly man.

meci on March 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Instead of emoting and ranting, think. Folks posting here need to look at Shaheen’s voting record. Close to 100% Obama and Reid. Liberals vote on emotion. Conservatives or whatever need to make a rational decision. (Hint for the math challenged: 50% support >> 100% against)

There will be Supreme Court justices up for nomination in the next 6 years. You KNOW that Shaheen will vote YES on any lib and NO on anyone not a leftie.

Nominating a Bob Smith dinosaur gives Shaheen the win and a NO vote to repealing Obamacare.

Now, back to Hot Air foaming at the mouth rants.

philw1776 on March 15, 2014 at 12:33 PM

If safely re-elected, shaheen will be worse than ever, carrying water for Reid and Obama.

Throw her fat ugly ass to the curb. Who cares if Scott brown is only 75 percent correct. Shaheen is zero percent correct.

matthew8787 on March 15, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Isn’t New Hampshire the libfreeordie state?

Lanceman on March 15, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Yes, it was where he worked. But now he’s choomed, in CO…still assistant professor…doing “queer research”, his words.

Schadenfreude on March 15, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Really…. Scott Brown …. Senator from the Live Free or Die State…. Oh that’s Rich

Bwahahahahahahahahahaha

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 15, 2014 at 12:46 PM

So philw1776 doesn’t think I’m a total dumb blonde ;-), I guess I should clarify why I think voting with the Dems 53% of the time is so important to me: virtually 100% of those votes were on issues I hold dearest re: my post above.

PS I think you’re reading the posts from the point of view of how you would have written them…you know, emoting, ranting, foaming, disparaging…those of us up here in New Hampshire LOVE political dialogue…it’s our official state hobby…we never rant or foam about something we love so much!! ((hugs))

NHElle on March 15, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Scott Brown running for United State Senator for the State of New Hampshire.

No.

evilned on March 15, 2014 at 12:50 PM

If safely re-elected, shaheen will be worse than ever, carrying water for Reid and Obama.

Throw her fat ugly ass to the curb. Who cares if Scott brown is only 75 percent correct. Shaheen is zero percent correct.

matthew8787 on March 15, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Well, it is NH after all. Anyone with a D after their name deserves to be defeated, particularly if they voted for Obamacare.

cat_owner on March 15, 2014 at 1:03 PM

This country has created a gaggle of professional, wandering politicians.

rplat on March 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Yes, it was where he worked. But now he’s choomed, in CO…still assistant professor…doing “queer research”, his words.

Schadenfreude on March 15, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Perhaps I should re-state.

Isn’t New Hampshire the Live Free or Die state?

Lanceman on March 15, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Yes, it was where he worked. But now he’s choomed, in CO…still assistant professor…doing “queer research”, his words.

Schadenfreude on March 15, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Perhaps I should re-state.

Isn’t New Hampshire the Live Free or Die state?

Lanceman on March 15, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Yes it is. And I always teased libfree for chosing a screen name in honor of one General John Stark, who uttered those words.

General Stark made his fame killing people with guns.

Del Dolemonte on March 15, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 15, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I think libdie chooses his names in an attempt to be ironic. Like DeathToMediaHacks.

It’s his way of saying that conservative concerns don’t exist.

Lanceman on March 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

After he gets beat there he can try Vermont and then Maine.

bgibbs1000 on March 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

The guy that couldn’t beat Elizabeth Warren? The guy that would cross the aisle and vote with Dems (and other spineless Repubs) on big government, progressive legislation? No thanks.

Jack_Burton on March 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

I am getting tired of politicians, who when they lose in one state, go to another state to try and win there. Representing the citizens of a state is not as important as winning and becoming one of the insiders.

Tinker on March 15, 2014 at 11:46 AM

To be fair, NH used to be a relatively conservative NE state until recent times. Libs leaving the larger states for places like NH and Vermont have shifted the political reality.

So the fact that Brown might be carpet bagging doesn’t really concern me on that fact alone. Why not play the game the way the other side does? This is politics after all and Republicans need more of it to compete in some places.

That being said I’d rather see Steyn go for it.

Whoever does get the nom I hope he finds the wedge issues in that state and exploits it. The generic “we’re less bad then Democrats” isn’t enough.

FrankT on March 15, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Scott Bron would still be the Senator from Massachusetts if he hadn’t delighted on sticking it to the very conservatives that got him elected.

If he had made even a half-hearted attempt at standing up for principles instead of joining the McCain group, he would still be a Senator.

Now he should just sail quietly into the sunset and quit trying to become another McConnell “Yes” man from New Hampshire.

TheRightMan on March 15, 2014 at 2:51 PM

My earlier post should say “Scott Brown” instead of “Scott Bron”. Well, maybe he could change his name also.

TheRightMan on March 15, 2014 at 2:53 PM

He better dust off the old pickup.

I wouldn’t cross to road to vote for him or anyone like him.

trs on March 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Get rid of Shaheen.
Find the most electable candidate who can do that.
Your move, NH.

22044 on March 15, 2014 at 3:07 PM

OT – Cabbage Boy is on the religion headline. So predictable.

22044 on March 15, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Hmmm, that voting record looks like the Democrat we already have in the Senate now!

NHElle on March 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM

He IS a democrat. He just likes to call himself a republican. He should just run as a dem.

The conservative base will not vote for someone who is really a dem or a socialist. The dems aren’t like that. They will vote en masse for anything with a D after it’s name.

Lets find a real conservative to elect and stop the RINO silliness.

Scott go back to Mass, ok. You aren’t from around heah.

dogsoldier on March 15, 2014 at 3:31 PM

I am getting tired of politicians, who when they lose in one state, go to another state to try and win there. Representing the citizens of a state is not as important as winning and becoming one of the insiders.

Tinker on March 15, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I’ve not heard of many such examples of politicians getting elected in one state and then losing, and then moving to another state to run there. Can you give us some recent examples?

Brown’s not a carpetbagger by any means. He’s owned a house in Rye, on the NH Seacoast, for almost 20 years, and his father worked at the Portsmouth NH Naval Shipyard on the Maine-NH state line. Scott himself was born in Kittery Maine, just across the river from Portsmouth.

Del Dolemonte on March 15, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Hmmm, that voting record looks like the Democrat we already have in the Senate now!

NHElle on March 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM

He IS a democrat. He just likes to call himself a republican. He should just run as a dem.

The conservative base will not vote for someone who is really a dem or a socialist. The dems aren’t like that. They will vote en masse for anything with a D after it’s name.

Lets find a real conservative to elect and stop the RINO silliness.

Scott go back to Mass, ok. You aren’t from around heah.

dogsoldier on March 15, 2014 at 3:31 PM

But he’s the only one with a chance to beat Jeanne Shaheen.

Oh, I know-y’all are going to vote for that Republican Fossil Bob Smith again? Good luck with that!

I’ve seen an awful lot of ignorance from my fellow Granite Staters in these Brown threads. There is such a thing as a Republican who’s not as Far-Right as many of you seem to be. I’m one of them.

Just curious-how many of you also stayed home in 2012 because you refused to vote for Romney? How’s that been working out for you?

Del Dolemonte on March 15, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Just what we need, another gutless wonder RINO Senator in New Hampshire. Ayotte has been a stupendous disappointment, we know exactly what we would be getting in Brown….more spineless Massachusetts Republican thinking.

There has to be someone else out there…..or has the IRS beat them all down already.

alecj on March 15, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Arnold would call him a girly man.

meci on March 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I’ve read his autobiography. You can call him many things. “Girly man” isn’t one of them.

ncinca on March 15, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Just curious-how many of you also stayed home in 2012 because you refused to vote for Romney? How’s that been working out for you?

Del Dolemonte on March 15, 2014 at 3:46 PM

I voted for Romney, but now I am DONE holding my nose. Maybe you want to ask the RINO GOP how forcing RINOs on us is working out.

Conservatives have ethics, scruples, principals and morals they will not surrender. Socialists will vote for any D on the ballot. The only scruple they have is their deep hatred for Republicans.

dogsoldier on March 15, 2014 at 5:19 PM

There has to be someone else out there…..or has the IRS beat them all down already.

alecj on March 15, 2014 at 4:56 PM

There are others.

dogsoldier on March 15, 2014 at 5:21 PM

I hope former Senator Bob Smith wipes the floor with this empty suit.

kingsmill on March 15, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Hey you, you, whoever, whatever you are, go home!

PaCadle on March 15, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Just curious-how many of you also stayed home in 2012 because you refused to vote for Romney? How’s that been working out for you?

Del Dolemonte on March 15, 2014 at 3:46 PM

How’d supporting Romney work out for you?

will77jeff on March 15, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Just curious-how many of you also stayed home in 2012 because you refused to vote for Romney? How’s that been working out for you?

Del Dolemonte on March 15, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Some of our HA posters have such lofty standards, I have to wonder if they have ever cast a vote for president.

slickwillie2001 on March 15, 2014 at 9:39 PM

slickwillie2001 on March 15, 2014 at 9:39 PM

And while they wait for the candidate they don’t have to hold their nose for, they can sit home and watch the Dems pack the courts with libbie judges that have jobs for life.

ncinca on March 15, 2014 at 11:03 PM

These people can’t resist dc. Must be good money.

JQA on March 16, 2014 at 1:25 AM

…he lost against Liz High Cheeks Warren…for gawds sakes!

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2014 at 1:55 AM

You know, we just don’t have enough liberal republicans in the senate

Brock Robamney on March 16, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Just curious-how many of you also stayed home in 2012 because you refused to vote for Romney? How’s that been working out for you?
Del Dolemonte on March 15, 2014 at 3:46 PM

About as well as one can expect from the party of betrayal. Tell me, what has the GOP accomplished in 6 years of their monopoly on power? Where were they in Virginia? It’s obvious who the real purists are

Brock Robamney on March 16, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Just curious-how many of you also stayed home in 2012 because you refused to vote for Romney? How’s that been working out for you?

Del Dolemonte on March 15, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Eggzactly.

roy_batty on March 16, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Scott Bron would still be the Senator from Massachusetts if he hadn’t delighted on sticking it to the very conservatives that got him elected.

If he had made even a half-hearted attempt at standing up for principles instead of joining the McCain group, he would still be a Senator.

Now he should just sail quietly into the sunset and quit trying to become another McConnell “Yes” man from New Hampshire.

TheRightMan on March 15, 2014 at 2:51 PM

What we had in Brown was a senator that actually represented ALL his constituents, even the moonbat ones. By conservatives withdrawing their support for Brown we got a senator that only represents the moonbat ones. Thanks azzholes.

roy_batty on March 16, 2014 at 6:28 PM