Former Republican Sen. Scott Brown today put an end to all the speculation and officially announced he will not be a candidate in a special election to fill Democrat John Kerry's seat in the U.S. Senate.
Brown issued a written statement saying he did not relish the idea of running a third Senate campaign in four years and "the prospect of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left."
He had been expected to be a shoe-in for the GOP nomination for the special election, but in his rather surprising statement he said there may be better ways to continue in public service.
Some have observed that he may take a run for governor.
Brown was defeated in November for a full term by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren in a bruising campaign. He had won the seat in a special election in 2010 following the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
“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," Brown said in his statement.
Brown apparently knew for some time this would be his decision as state Republican leaders were quick to releases their own statements of reaction.
MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes said in a statement the party still remains "optimistic about the special election...because of the strength, character and accomplishments of the many potential candidates who are today considering their political futures."
The statement did not say who those potential candidates are.
“Members of our party have an unparalleled level of energy and commitment to the Republican cause. This special election will unite us in the shared purpose of again electing a Republican to the United States Senate. We shocked the world in 2010, and united, we can do it again,” Huges said.