The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) executive director Rob Collins tried to sound an optimistic note following Scott Brown's decision to not run in the Massachusetts special election, saying in a statement on Friday that the party "remains excited" about the race.
"This was no doubt a tough personal decision for Senator Brown and his family, who understandably need to recharge after several long, hard-fought campaigns. Now that he has made a decision, it’s time to move forward. The Republican conference remains excited about the prospect of the Massachusetts special election, and we have the organization, energy and resources to win.
“As the Democratic primary between Reps. Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch turns uglier and nastier each day, the Massachusetts special election provides a real pick-up opportunity for Republicans, and we intend on defeating whichever career politician limps through."