Skip to comments.Ayotte: Scott Brown Would Be ‘Very Strong Candidate’ for Senate in N.H.
Posted on 11/08/2013 7:24:17 PM PST by ClaytonP
The Boston Globe reported Friday that national Republicans are actively recruiting former Massachusetts Sen. Scott P. Brown to run again this time in New Hampshire.
With former Rep. Charles Bass the latest Republican to take a pass on the Senate race, the party is still in search of a top-tier challenger to take on Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran told the Globe that despite the speculation that Brown is simply flirting with a bid, he doesn’t think the former senator “is just fooling around.”
Of course, a successful Brown Senate bid would be nearly unprecedented. Just two senators have ever represented more than one state in the Senate, and it hasn’t happened since the 1870s, according to a list maintained by the Senate Historical Office.
It will be uphill, no question about it, for him, former Rep. Jeb Bradley, who also took a pass on this race, told CQ Roll Call. But I think hes certainly got as good a chance as any Republican that I can think of to be successful.
New Hampshire’s other senator echoed that sentiment, believing that Brown would help expand the Senate landscape into New England.
I served with Sen. Brown, I have a lot of respect for him, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said inside the Capitol on Tuesday in a brief interview with CQ Roll Call. Its up to him whether hes going to run. But absolutely hed be a very strong candidate.
If Brown is planning to run for Senate, he’s not showing it by building any semblance of a campaign operation, according to operatives in the state. And Brown’s trips to Iowa, including one scheduled for next week, aren’t deflating talk that he’s considering a presidential bid.
Those who spoke with CQ Roll Call noted that Brown should come to a conclusion soon, as the appearance of flirting is not often rewarded by Granite State voters. Steve Duprey, a Republican National Committee member from New Hampshire, believes Brown would make an excellent candidate but said he hopes he’s nearing a decision.
I think if Sen. Brown waits too much longer it will be difficult for him to run, Duprey said. Traditionally, New Hampshire voters havent liked candidates who do a long dance about whether theyre in or not. The field is wide open, but I would encourage him to make a decision soon.
Shaheen, who state Republicans conceded is a formidable incumbent, continues to enjoy strong favorability numbers. She led Bass by 17 points in a hypothetical matchup in the WMUR Granite State Poll released last month. But state and national Republicans believe she could be be vulnerable with the right opponent.
Meanwhile, New Hampshire Democrats are ready to go on the offensive against Brown, tying him to Wall Street and an anti-women agenda.
Last year, the Massachusetts voters who knew him best rejected Scott Browns record; he shouldnt expect different results in New Hampshire, state Democratic Party spokesman Harrell Kirstein said in an email.
The race is rated Democrat Favored by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
Sorry, Scotty. If you couldn’t defeat a fake Native America up to her high cheekbones in lies and fraud, then you’re pretty much done.
Also, we never appreciated you stabbing us in the back at every turn after our Tea Party surge put your ass in office.
As a toadie of Team Romney, Scott Brown
is an superb carpetbagger, impostor AND backstabber.
As a NH resident, Scott B. can keep his carpetbagging ass back in Mass.
NO MORE RINO’S like Ayotte.
He wasn’t very impressive the first time.
He should just go away.
Ugh! Live free or whatever, dude.
Ayotte and Murkowski dont want to be partnered with conservatives because that is the best chance that GOP voters stay at home when they come up for re election.
you left off “nude model”...
I thought Scott Brown was pretty good for a MASS Senator, he took some brave votes for the GOP considering his state voters.
MASS is not Texas.
I’m not too wild about people running to represent states where they don’t live, whether its politicians I like or politicians I don’t like.
Brown is from Massachusetts. If he wants to physically move his family and family home to another state, and live there for a while, and establish his business there, and show that he is actually committing to that state, fine. But that isn’t apparently what he’s doing. If he gets the nomination he’ll get a PO Box or rent the bedroom in someone’s house. I know there are other politicians who do that, but I don’t like it.
The same can be said for Ayotte. That's why she likes him.
A Massachusetts carpet bagging Democrat running for a New Hampshire Democrats seat? Meh, let me know how it turns out.
The big question is doesn’t New Hampshire already have enough Massholes?
Well, half the voters are carpet-baggers from Massachusetts.
That is funny. Back there on the east coast the states are as big as cities, or at least counties, out west.
Maine: Population 1.5 Million.
He got into office espousing conservative principles, he got bounced from office for violating them and the trust the people had in him. It is that simple.
The establishment has so violated the trust of decent principled citizens that they no longer show up to vote for those without them. Both of the last General Elections only proved that point.
The second Whig party is about to take its last gasp, all we are hearing now is the wheezing.
STARVE THE BEAST - Defund the GOP!
LOL. Los Angeles County population: 9,962,789. And at least a dozen of them have jobs.
Brown made many tough and brave votes for GOP and Marxist Liz Warren used those to knock him off in the most lib state.
When I heard a certain radio talk show host claim that Marxist Warren beat Brown because he wasn't conservative enough (insane logic) I understood why Christie did whatever he could to get re-elected,
Look at the thanks he would get if he lost his election.
Just what we need another east coast RINO. The stupid party is bent on suicide.
Actually Maine is pretty big. It takes about as long to drive from Portland to NYC, as it does from Portland to Fort Kent (314 miles).
Personally, I’d rather go to Ft Kent.
Conservatives need to flee Red England...the screws are tightening.
I tend to agree. Brown was far from perfect, and he did become very snooty towards the Tea Party, etc. once he got in.
Still, his voting record was pretty darn good for a Senator from Massachusetts. He had an ACU rating of 74, voted against Kagan, was strong on defense and the WoT, and so on. Overall, he voted with party 2/3’s of the time. Not perfect, but far, far more than we got from Ted Kennedy, and are getting from that nutjob Warren.
It was very counter-productive to trash Scott Brown after he lost his seat for voting for us with many votes that were unpopular in MASS. Its national suicide call, 'Lets pass out the Koolaid and all drink now'.
And they act surprised that Christie put winning re-election as his #1.
If only those MASS RINOs would put a Ted Cruz or Jim DeMint up for their Senator he would win in a landslide. Brown was way too liberal for MASS so they had to elect Liz Warren instead,
Look at Reagan 30 years ago, he swept all those states. Nothing has changed since then.
Ayotte will be joining Brown in the unemployment line.
Maybe he should pose nude again and offer up a daughter to the highest bidder?
Why does New Hampshire have to import a RINO?
Don’t they have enough RINO’s of their own?
Doing what you have to do in a blue state to get elected is one thing. Taking a sanctimonious attitude with senators from red states ( Paul and Cruz ) about being too conservative is unacceptable.
Ted Cruz took office in January 2013.
Scott Brown left office at that same time as he lost 2012 election.
They were NEVER in congress together.
So that never happened.
This is why I preach here to not believe everything you hear on talk radio.
Try to think for yourself. Its freedom
While he was in office...
Maine is the largest state east of the Mississippi.
I rest my case.
Anyway, Brown would have a been strong candidate in MA, he would have won the special election for Kerry's seat and had a good chance to hold on next year for the full term. It's a shame he passed. It's silly for him to consider running in another state and speaks to the desperation of NH Republicans.
So Brown voting like McCain and Gramnasty is OK with you?
He owns a house in Hampton or Rye.
Uhm, No. That would be Georgia.
Curious as to when the state starts passing laws like Mass. That is, when will taxes go up enough to be like Mass? Don’t all these displaced liberals want the government to spend money hand over fist for all the crap they want?
Scot Brown would be a good candidate for NH. New Hampshire is no longer the conservative state that its reputation implies. It is East Vermont. It is more liberal than either NY or NJ. In 2012, among white voters, Romney won NY and NJ, but Obama won the same demographic in NH. It belongs in the same category as the rest of New England, the Northwest, and Iowa. They are not just Blue, but Moonbat Blue.
I've wondered that myself.The most heavily populated (and fastest growing) part of the state,the southeast,is only about 30 miles from Boston and,therefore,is basically considered to be a Boston suburb.As a result Boston TV and radio stations run many ads for NH races during election season.These ads,including the ones by Rats,often mention "the New Hampshire promise" which seems to be a "no sales tax,no income tax" pledge.The fact that Rats take this pledge (or claim to,at least) suggests to me that even those who vote Rat for President and Congress don't want the same state taxes that most states have.And many of the voters,as I said,come from Massachusetts...one of the most heavily taxed states in the nation.
Yours might be a premature proclamation.As recently as 2011 three of their four Congresscritters were Republican as was their Governor and both houses of their state legislature.
Shaheen’s a POS. Brown 100% turned against the Tea Party after he got in. I guess this is a situation where 10-20% is better than nothing.
The HUGE problem that NH has is same day voter registration; until that’s fixed, it’ll be MA-North.
I think this is a good idea, even if he is a RINO. He’s a strong opponent of Obamacare and could potentially deny Democrats control of the Senate by ousing that idiot Jeanne Shaheen.
Then why were they in the small category of states whose white vote went for Obama.
Well, there are laws yet to be passed.
One thing that really struck me when I was stationed at Otis AFB...
Every single road construction site, even something as simple as a telephone pole replacement, had to have a rent-a-cop assigned to it. What a waste of cash and policemen! I’m sure the cops love the overtime! In every other state I’ve been to, the traffic keeping role was assigned to a member of the crew who has a Stop/Slow sign.
But I’m still tempted to think that those Mass people will eventually want some service that is going to need serious money and the New Hampshire government won’t be able to provide it without raising more revenue.
As a contractor in the Northeast I can assure you that those cops are not free. The contractor pays for them, and the public pays for them on their utility bill.
“Massholes” always get blamed for turning NH liberal, but the counties that have moved the most towards the Democrats during the past two decades are those along the border with VT, not those across the MA border.
Maybe the “Massholes” are just settling in that part of the state.
Is there any evidence of large numbers of immigrants from Vermont?