Scott Brown opts out of Senate run

This is somewhat surprising given all the signals Brown had been sending over the last few weeks. But his reasoning appears sound. Boston Herald: Scott Brown will not run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry, the former senator told the Herald first today. "U r the first to know I am not running," Brown texted the Herald. Brown's decision follows yesterday's announcement by fellow Republican Charlie Baker that he won't run for the seat either. Baker did urge former Gov. William Weld, who just moved back to Massachusetts, to run if Brown doesn't. [...] Brown said in a statement this afternoon that being in the Senate was "the greatest privilege" of his life - after the marriage to his wife and the birth of his two daughters - but he's not ready for a third Senate campaign "in less than four years." "Over these past few weeks I have given serious thought about the possibility of running again, as events have created another vacancy requiring another special...(Read Full Post)