Scott Brown endorses Donald Trump

DERRY, N.H. — Former Massachusetts US senator Scott Brown, now a New Hampshire resident, endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign Tuesday night at a campaign rally in Milford.

Brown, who unsuccessfully ran for the US Senate in New Hampshire in 2014 after losing re-election in Massachusetts, has held events for numerous Republican candidates in the past year near his home on the seacoast.

Among the presidential candidates who endorsed Brown’s bid for Senate and campaigned for him in New Hampshire are Florida US Senator Marco Rubio, Kentucky US Senator Rand Paul, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida governor Jeb Bush.


During an appearance on Fox News Channel Tuesday afternoon Brown did not confirm he would endorse Trump but said that he would appear alongside the New York billionaire at a press conference ahead of Trump’s rally in Milford.

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That said, he did heap praise on Trump.

“I like the fact that he is not one of the Washington insiders,” Brown said. “He is somebody that I think can change Washington, certainly, because he is not part of Washington. He’s a change-maker in that regard, somebody who has created jobs and somebody who has the ability not only to sign the front of the check but hire, grow and expand businesses in America.”

It is unclear what Brown’s endorsement of Trump will mean for the New Hampshire primary. He won a three-way Republican primary for the Senate two years ago, despite criticism from the party’s base that he is pro-choice and had previous votes that upset many in the gun rights community.

James Pindell can be reached at james.pindell@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamespindell or subscribe to his daily e-mail update on the 2016 campaign at www.bostonglobe.com/groundgame