Is Scott Brown preparing to run for Senate in New Hampshire?
Former GOP Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown was born in New Hampshire, has a summer home there, and the state certainly is more welcoming of Republicans than Massachusetts.
Recent moves by Brown suggest he is giving serious thought to challenging New Hampshire incumbent Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen in 2014.
Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown told reporters Thursday night that he is not ruling out a run for Senate in the neighboring state of New Hampshire in 2014.
Asked whether he is considering a challenge to Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Brown said he is still "recharging the batteries" but noted, "I'm not going to rule out anything right now," according to an audio recording of the former senator's remarks to reporters obtained by ABC News.
The Associated Press was the first to report Brown's comments.
Brown was speaking at a dinner commemorating the death of Martin Luther King Jr. in Nashua, N.H. Thursday evening. Afterward, he described the Granite State as "a second home" to him, a notion he's been pushing more often recently.
And it just so happens to be true.
In a 2011 interview with the Portsmouth, N.H. Herald, Brown described his background in the state.
"I was born at the Navy base in Kittery, my grandparents lived in Newington and they're buried in Portsmouth," Brown said in the interview. "I was going to Hoyt's Cabins in Rye with my grandmother from when I was 6 years old."
He and his wife still own a summer home in Rye, New Hampshire where he once said he planned to retire.
"I have a house here," Brown said on Thursday. "I've been a taxpayer for 20 years."
Brown's sister also lives in the Seacoast area of the Granite State -- a place where Brown returned earlier this month, according to a March 2 tweet:
@ScottBrownMA: At Newick's Seafood Rest. in Dover NH. Great food. Have been coming here since my grandparents used to bring me. Looks the same.
Brown noted Thursday night that he planned to return to New Hampshire several more times in the next few weeks, including to be the keynote speaker at the Grafton County Republican Committee's Lincoln-Reagan Luncheon on April 20.
It would be unusual but not unprecedented for a Senator to represent two states in their lifetime. The ABC article points out that none other than Daniel Webster represented both Massachusetts and New Hampshire in the 19th century.
But several Republicans who have been watching Brown wonders if he has the stomach for another bruising campaign. He's making a lot of money, and is young enough that he could delay a re-entry into politics for several years if he wished.
Then again, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has said he will not run for re-election in 2014, making that race a wide open affair.
Whatever Brown decides, he is going to be a player in New England politics for a long time.