Brown Out

According to the Boston Herald, Brown will not run for Senate in the special election to succeed John Kerry. Massachusetts holds their gubernatorial election in 2014. UPDATE: Brown confirms.

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Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) gestures as he addresses supporters during a campaign rally in Wakefield, Massachusetts November 1, 2012.

The Boston Herald has reported that former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown will not run for Senate in the special election to succeed John Kerry, opening up the possibility that he may run for governor next year.  The newspaper has cited “a source close to the senator.” Two days ago the Boston Herald wrote that Brown was “leaning strongly” towards reclaiming a Senate seat, again citing unnamed sources.  If Brown did run, that would be his third Senate race since 2010, with a fourth campaign coming up in 2014.

If Brown refuses to run the race for Massachusetts Senate, Democratic Reps. Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch look to be the frontrunners.  The special primary will be on April 30; the special general election will be on June 25.  In the interim, Mo Cowan, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s ex-Chief of Staff, will temporarily hold the vacated seat.

UPDATE: Here is Brown’s full statement on why he has decided not to run:

Representing Massachusetts in the United States Senate was the greatest privilege of my life, an experience that takes second place only to my marriage to Gail and the birth of our daughters. It was a higher honor than I had ever expected, and in the time given to me I always tried to make the most of it.

When I was first sent to the Senate in early 2010, it wasn’t exactly welcome news for President Obama or many other Democrats. Yet among my best memories from those three years in office are visits to the White House to see the President sign into law bills that I had sponsored. I left office last month on the best of terms with colleagues both Republican and Democrat. I had worked well with so many of them, regardless of party, to serve the public interest just as we are all supposed to. All of this was in keeping with the pledge I made at the beginning to do my own thinking and to speak for the independent spirit of our great state.

Over these past few weeks I have given serious thought about the possibility of running again, as events have created another vacancy requiring another special election. I have received a lot of encouragement from friends and supporters to become a candidate, and my competitive instincts were leading in the same direction.

Even so, I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign in less than four years, and the prospect of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left, was really the best way for me to continue in public service at this time. And I know it’s not the only way for me to advance the ideals and causes that matter most to me. That is why I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in the upcoming special election.

16 comments
Curious_Quiche
Curious_Quiche

"Dammit, if America means anything, it means the right to never ever suffer any consequences for anything you say in public, unless it's a Democrat and he's paying the price for those shrill and misleading jeremiads we launched against him from our puppet news media!"

Sue_N
Sue_N

Or he knew he wouldn't win and doesn't want to destroy his political career by becoming known as a two-time loser

sacredh
sacredh

"I left office last month on the best of terms with colleagues both Republican and Democrat."

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That makes him a traitor to the republican party. 

Galen
Galen

No matter what he runs for, even with the latest polling, he is done.

bobell
bobell

It's hard to blame Brown for bowing out.  His win was a fluke, and if he couldn't defend his incumbency I don't see how he can win this time, especially since the entire Republican brand is in a steady downward spiral.  As long as the Demos don't get complacent there's no way they should lose this one.

sacredh
sacredh

nfl, our dog wasn't pregnant. It was a tumor. A BIG tumor. She's home now and out of it. There went half the money I had saved for my 55" 3D tv for my bedroom. Oh well. Family is family.

AfGuy
AfGuy

@bobell "As long as the Demos don't get complacent..."

I prefer "as long a success doesn't scare the sh*t out of the Democrats..." as being a little more accurate.  Reed and Hoyer really need to go...

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

@bobell That's my take as well. And I don't think Brown did himself any favors in the last election, where he launched a clumsy and unpleasant smear against his opponent. The only positive part of his brand for Democratic voters was "nice guy," and now *that's* gone. And if you don't have some part of the Democratic vote in Massachusetts, you're not going to win.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@sacredh Glad she is doing well so far. Hope her recovery continues smoothly. Suspect there will be some pain, though.

sacredh
sacredh

The dog is 11 and the vet gave her a 50-50 chance of making it through the surgery. My better half left the decision up to me. No decision. We had to risk it.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@PerryWhite1 @bobell In spite of how enchanted paulejb and rusty were with all the nasty jokes about Warren, I agree that is one of the main things that did him in.

sacredh
sacredh

Thanks Sue_N and Ivy_B. She's doing well and resting comfortably. She's been sleeping most of the day. She got a treat for dinner. Roasted chicken and and a slice of orange for dessert.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh Best wishes for your pup, sacred.

sacredh
sacredh

It's MOVIE time! Then Game Time. Miami at Indiana at 7 on ESPN.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Ivy_B @PerryWhite1 @bobell I think that behavior hurt him even worse because he'd invested so much in his "nice guy" image.

It's bad enough when people know you're a jerk from the get-go. But bill yourself as being a stand-up guy and *then* prove you're a jerk ... People tend not to like that.