CONCORD, N.H. – Former Republican Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown today announced that he had purchased vacation homes in the states of Ohio and Florida, just in case he fails in his bid this year to win a Senate seat in New Hampshire.
Brown, who after much speculation announced on March 14 that he was forming an exploratory committee for a Senate run in New Hampshire, is attempting to defeat incumbent Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen. This comes just two years after losing his Massachusetts Senate seat to current Senator Elizabeth Warren.
According to Jack Heath of WGIR radio’s “New Hampshire Today With Jack Heath,” Brown- who became a full-time resident of New Hampshire less than a year ago- confirmed today on the show that he was running for Senate, and that a formal announcement will be made next week.
“Just because I am running for Senate in New Hampshire, doesn’t mean I’m going to win,” said Brown. “But if the good people of New Hampshire do not elect me, then I’m sure the good people in any number of states where I own or intend to own property would be happy to have me.
“Somebody’s got to want me to be their Senator, right?” he added.
The new homes came as something of a surprise to Brown’s friends and family, who had believed Brown when he claimed his move to New Hampshire was “strictly personal” and not politically motivated. Brown had stated that he had moved to New Hampshire from Massachusetts to be closer to his aging mother, as well as his immediate and extended family.
Brown claimed to have been drawn to the states of Ohio and Florida by their natural beauty, their hard-working, down-home citizens, and their ability to be a reliable swing state. “I looked all over the country for the right place to begin legal proceedings to become a permanent resident and qualify for elected office,” he said. “I am thrilled to open the door to the possibility of one day calling either of these two great states home, should I lose here in New Hampshire.”