Scott Brown still won’t rule out N.H. run

Scott Brown spoke at a dinner commemorating the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death April 4 in Nashua, N.H.
Scott Brown spoke at a dinner commemorating the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death April 4 in Nashua, N.H.

Former senator Scott Brown reiterated Sunday morning that he had not ruled out a run against Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, a day after he said the same thing during a speech at an event in Manchester, N.H.

Asked about a potential New Hampshire bid on Fox News, Brown, a Republican who lives in Wrentham, said he had no comment. But pressed on whether he had ruled it out, he said, “Nothing’s off the table, and nothing’s on the table. Right now I’m recharging the batteries and working hard.”

Brown, appearing on a “Fox News Sunday’’ panel, got some friendly support from fellow panelist Karl Rove, the influential GOP strategist.


“This guy is a ninth-generation New Hampshirite; that’s the dirty little secret. His mother lives there,” Rove said.

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“Sounds like an endorsement from the guru,” host Chris Wallace chimed in.

At a National Guard Association of New Hampshire state conference in Manchester on Saturday, Brown emphasized his local roots to reporters there.

“I think it’s important to note that I do have ties to New Hampshire,” he said. “Nine generations of ties to New Hampshire,” he said, according to a video on the Londonderry Patch.

He also used the same phrasing about a potential run, saying, “Nothing’s off the table, but nothing’s on the table, either.”


Brown’s speech struck some political notes, according to WMUR, a TV station based in Manchester.

“Guess what?” Brown said. “Washington is broken.”

Brown owns a home in Rye, N.H. He refused to rule out a run in the Granite State after a speech in Nashua this month.

Shaheen, a former governor, won her first term in the Senate in 2008. She is up for reelection in 2014 and had $431,000 in her federal campaign account at the end of 2012.

Brown, who serves in the National Guard, is a Fox News contributor and an attorney at the Boston law firm of Nixon Peabody. He lost a reelection bid to Elizabeth Warren in November and ended 2012 with $287,000 in his federal campaign account.


A spokesman for Brown had no comment.

Joshua Miller can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.