GOPers Encourage Scott Brown To Run For Senate From New Hampshire

AP

Prominent Senate Republicans were pushing former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) to run for national office again in 2014 from New Hampshire, the Boston Globe reported Friday.

NRSC Chair Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Vice Chair Rob Portman (R-OH) told the Globe that despite Brown’s reluctance to publicly discuss a challenge to incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the former senator is seriously weighing a run. 

“He knows of our interest in him pursuing this,” Moran told the newspaper, adding “I don’t think Scott Brown is just fooling around.”

This year, Brown already dismissed a run for Massachusetts governor and made a trip to Iowa to gauge interest in his “brand of leadership and Republicanism.” Brown also filed paperwork in October with the state of New Hampshire to register a new political action committee under the same name as his campaign committee when he was a Massachusetts senator, The People’s Seat PAC. 

“It’d be great to have him back,” Portman told the Globe. “He needs to make a personal decision. I just don’t know where he is on it.”

For her part, Shaheen has been able to fundraise off speculation that Brown may announce a challenge for her Senate seat. 

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