Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Scott Brown Won't Seek Open Senate Seat, a Blow to Republican Hopes (+Video)

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Scott Brown Won't Seek Open Senate Seat, a Blow to Republican Hopes (+Video)

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Republican hopes to win back a seat in the US Senate took a hit Friday as former Sen. Scott Brown announced he would not run for a now-open seat from Massachusetts.

Mr. Brown gained national stature after he won an upset victory in a special election in 2010 after the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy, pulling that Senate seat out of Democratic control for the first time since Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. occupied it in 1953. Brown lost a hard-fought campaign to retain the seat in November, surrendering it to Elizabeth Warren.

Brown had been widely expected to run again, for the Senate seat vacated this week by John Kerry (D) in his move to become secretary of State.

I have received a lot of encouragement from friends and supporters to become a candidate, and my competitive instincts were leading in the same direction, Brown said in a statement released by his staff Friday.

But he said he would not run, opening the door for other Republicans to enter the fray but increasing the likelihood that Democrats will retain the seat.

Possibly hinting at a run for governor of Massachusetts in 2014, Brown said a Senate bid is not the only way for me to advance the ideals and causes that matter most to me.

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Browns decision may be driven partly by calculations of his electoral prospects and partly by doubts about the policymaking climate in Washington. Then, too, he would have had to muster the energy for a third Senate campaign in about as many years this one just seven months after his November loss.

In his statement, Brown also hinted at some exhaustion with campaigning and with Washington.

I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign in less than four years, and the prospect of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left, was really the best way for me to continue in public service at this time, he said.

A run for Kerrys seat would have put him on a five-month treadmill, ending in a June 25 special election. …

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