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February 2, 2013

Scott Brown officially rejects new run for U.S. Senate

Scott Brown lost the fire in the belly required to run another campaign for U.S. Senate so close to his bruising loss to Democrat Elizabeth Warren last November.

Brown caught many off guard yesterday when he put an end to all the speculation and officially announced he will not be a candidate in the special election June 25 to succeed Democrat John Kerry who is now Secretary of State.

Brown was a shooting star for the Republican party with his improbable win in another special election over Attorney General Martha Coakley to succeed the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy who died of brain cancer in 2009.

But Brown won’t let the GOP wish on his star this time around saying he did not relish a third Senate campaign in four years and a possible return to a Washington, D.C. “even more partisan than the one I left.”

He would have been a shoe-in for the GOP nomination for the special election, but in his 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 still healing from his loss to Warren when he attended a Trees For Troops event at Smolak Farms in North Andover a couple of weeks before Christmas. At that time no one knew that Kerry was leaving the Senate and the focus was on whether Brown might run for governor in 2014.

“We’ll see what happens. Anything is possible,” he said at the time. For now, he said he wanted to get “reconnected” with his family.

Brown’s wife, Gail Huff, said one must be a “masochist” to run for office.

“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 yesterday.

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