Former Senator Scott Brown has decided to stay the former Senator Scott Brown. Brown told the Boston Herald that he wasn’t going to be running and gave as his reason that “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.
He went on to say “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.”
Brown won his seat after the death of the late Senator Edward Kennedy in 2010. He lost his bid for a full term last year when political newcomer Elizabeth Warren won handily. Brown would be, if he ran for Senator John Kerry’s seat, to run for a full term in 2014. Brown may be aiming to run for Governor after Deval Patrick retires at the end of his current term.
Without Brown, the Republicans have a very empty bench with some very unpopular possible candidates. Democrats are seeing a battle shape up between Representatives Stephen Lynch and Ed Markey. Lynch is a Conservative Democrat who is opposed to abortion rights and voted against healthcare reform. Markey has support from some of the top Democrats in Massachusetts.
The primary will happen on 30 April with the election being on 25 June.