Scott Brown inches closer to announcing New Hampshire Senate run

By Daniel S Levine,

Scott Brown, the former U.S. Senator for Massachusetts, has inched one step closer to announcing a run for the same office in a neighboring state. He’s getting prepared to run for a New Hampshire U.S. Senate seat.

Brown spoke at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire on Friday, telling activists that he has “formed an exploratory committee to prepare a campaign for the United States Senate,” reports The New York Times. He’s starting a listening tour today so he can speak with people “of every background, Republicans, independents and Democrats alike.” After that, he’ll make a decision to run against Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat hoping to be re-elected in November.

“If we do things right this year, we will bring a defining victory to our cause,” Brown said during the speech Friday, notes Politico. “A big political wave is about to break in America, and the Obamacare Democrats are on the wrong side of that wave.”

Brown is focusing his attention on opposition to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, like many other GOP candidates. He also released a 90-second ad to promote his listening tour.

On Friday, Brown did try to fend off charges of being a carpetbagger. After all, he represented Massachusetts in the Senate for a short time, winning the special election after Sen. Ted Kennedy’s death. However, he lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012. In Nashua, he stressed his “long and strong family ties to this great state.”

He continued, “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.”

Another sign that Brown is considering getting back into politics came when Fox News ended his contract. He had been a commentator for the network.

image: By Online Guide to House Members and Senators (Online Guide to House Members and Senators) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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