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Are you ready for…Senator Scott Brown (Again)?

posted at 11:26 am on December 17, 2013 by

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Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown plans to move to New Hampshire, the latest sign that he’s considering a U.S. Senate bid there, which would complicate Democrats’ effort to hold their majority in the chamber. Brown, 54, has found a buyer for his Wrentham home and is set to close on that deal this week, Andrew I. Glincher, managing partner and chief executive officer at Brown’s employer Nixon Peabody LLP, said in an interview. Brown will continue to work out of the law firm’s Boston office because he isn’t licensed to practice law in New Hampshire, Glincher said. Brown didn’t respond to an e-mail inquiry. The move will fuel speculation that Brown intends to challenge New Hampshire’s Democratic U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who is seeking re-election next year. Brown lost his Massachusetts Senate seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012…Brown owns a vacation home in New Hampshire and made a number of public appearances in the state this fall. He is scheduled to headline the New Hampshire Republican State Committee’s annual holiday party on Dec. 19 in Nashua. Earlier this year, Brown won clearance to spend money from his federal political action committee in the state.

Brown’s family has deep roots in New Hampshire, a fact that he’s casually mentioned to local reporters and political audiences alike.  A source at the NRSC recently told me that the former Massachusetts Senator’s polling position in New Hampshire is surprisingly robust, a reality that’s forced Brown to take a hard look at jumping into the 2014 race.  His strength in a potential GOP primary could be challenged, however, by another rumored entrant:

For his part, Gregg — a popular former Senator and Governor — tossed cold water on 2014 buzz, telling the Union Leader that he’s “been there, done that.”  Republicans’ chances of netting six seats and reclaiming an upper chamber majority would improve considerably if the party manages to capture the New Hampshire seat currently held by Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.  She’s been at the forefront of vulnerable Democrats’ frantic charge to demand Obamacare “fixes,” and understandably so.  She owns this law, and dutifully repeated the lie of the year to help sell it to wary voters:

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Hey, if he can get rid of a democrat, I’m all for it.

Barred on December 17, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Problem being, Brown voted for Romneycare. I’ll take what I can get where I can get it, but it’s sad this is what we can expect from New Hampshire these days.

rbj on December 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM

I’d prefer Gregg. But if he’d out, why not Brown? It’s not like we have Mike Lee’s brother in the bullpen with a 45 % mark in the polls there.

Vanceone on December 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM

I was all for COL Brown when he ran in MA.
Then he got elected and went all “guns are scary”.
No thanks.
NH voter.

Hotel1 on December 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Hell, probably a good match for Ayotte anyway. They can both snuggle up to John McInsane together.

But not getting any of my money this time.

bofh on December 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Scott Brown’s election may have stopped the public option. I remember that being taken out to appease Liebermann who they could’ve ignored if Brown hadn’t been elected. Of course he deserves our support. We shouldn’t whine about moderate pick ups in purple states or blue states. The truth is, if you’re sick of seeing Harry Reid’s sickly, Gollum-like visage on TV everyday, we need to be okay with the Mike Castles of the world.

Man, it’s going to be nice to start sending budgets to the president. You want taxes? OK, here’s a tax on big university endowments. And movie distribution. Let’s see him veto vouchers and let’s see Democrat senators fall on the sword voting for Obamacare again. And can anyone say: special prosecutor?

xuyee on December 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM

I’d prefer Gregg. But if he’d out, why not Brown? It’s not like we have Mike Lee’s brother in the bullpen with a 45 % mark in the polls there.

Vanceone on December 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Exactly. Putting even more Senate seats in play will only spread the DSCC even thinner and make it harder to play defense in the current toss ups. It’ll be like the Titanic. With only a few life vests to go around, it will get scrappy amongst members of the Democratic caucus wanting to keep their heads above water.

blammm on December 17, 2013 at 2:18 PM

The truth is, if you’re sick of seeing Harry Reid’s sickly, Gollum-like visage on TV everyday, we need to be okay with the Mike Castles of the world.

Quote of the thread.

Guy Benson on December 17, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Scott Brown is 1000 times better than Jeanne Shaheen and he won’t vote for Harry Reid to be Senate Majority Leader.

Good God, isn’t that enough?

matthew8787 on December 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Drain the RATS dry, expand the map, and run the table.

Pick-ups (unless blown) in WV, MT, SD.

Then defeat incumbent RATS in

Arkansas
Louisiana
Alaska
North Carolina
New Hampshire
Colorado

Expand the map to open seats in Iowa and Michigan.

matthew8787 on December 17, 2013 at 3:55 PM

How is electing Brown better than a Democrat? He will continue to vote for increasing the size of government and taxes. Brown will vote for unconstitutional 2nd Rights limitations. Illegal immigrants will have a fast-track to US citizenship will cutting cost of living raises for veterans.

Panther on December 17, 2013 at 4:54 PM

This NH woman says: no way…no brown and no christie

NHElle on December 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Scott Brown’s election may have stopped the public option. I remember that being taken out to appease Liebermann who they could’ve ignored if Brown hadn’t been elected.
xuyee on December 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM

That’s not quite correct.

The public option was removed before Scott Brown was elected. Even before brown was elected, the democrats only had 60 votes, including Lieberman (Independent, but caucusing with them). No one really expected the Democrats to lose Massachusetts of all places, but they still needed Lieberman on board.

Still, it is true that Scott Brown made it a lot closer, and forced the democrats to go the “reconciliation route” because it was the only way they could amend the politically toxic senate bill to make it palatable for swing state democrats to vote for (for all the good that did them).

RINO in Name Only on December 17, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Scott Brown was elected with Tea Party support. He then proceeded to trash the Tea Party as racists, and was the deciding vote for Dodd-Frank.

At this point, what purpose does another big spending republican corporatist serve?

Freddy on December 18, 2013 at 1:52 AM

as a NH voter..not only NO, but HELL NO.

what good is a republican that will just vote exactly the same way as the democrat he replaces?

warhorse_03826 on December 18, 2013 at 4:16 AM