“That is why I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in the upcoming special election.”
With Brown out of the running, potential Republican candidates include former Gov. William Weld and former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey.
Weld, who recently returned to Massachusetts to join Mintz Levin, a Boston law firm, has said he would consider a run for the Senate if Brown did not seek the seat. He did not immediately return a call seeking comment.U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch are seeking the Democratic nomination.
Lynch, of South Boston issued a statement saying, “I understand Scott Brown’s decision. He has basically been campaigning non-stop for three years. It’s perfectly understandable that he wouldn’t want to undertake another campaign. I wish all the best to Scott and his family.”
Republicans are already taking shots at Markey and Lynch.
"The fact is the Democratic Party will field a mediocre congressman with a highly partisan record who has been part of the Washington gridlock. A Republican Senator from Massachusetts will offer the bipartisan leadership to solve our nation's problems," Hughes of the .
The Democratic and Republican primaries are scheduled for April 30 and the special election for June 25.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.