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Republican Scott Brown Won't Seek Massachusetts Senate Seat

Posted: February 1, 2013

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Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown will not seek the Republican nomination for Senate in a special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, the Democrat who on Friday becomes secretary of state. The decision leaves Republicans scrambling to find a competitive candidate in the deep blue state.

Republican Scott Brown, shown here on Capitol Hill in 2010 not long after coming to the Senate in a special election, announced Friday that he won't run in this year's special election in Massachusetts to replace Democrat John Kerry.

Republican Scott Brown, shown here on Capitol Hill in 2010 not long after coming to the Senate in a special election, announced Friday that he won't run in this year's special election in Massachusetts to replace Democrat John Kerry. Mark Wilson

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown will not seek the Republican nomination for Senate in a special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, the Democrat who on Friday was being sworn in as secretary of state.

The decision leaves Republicans in deep blue Massachusetts scrambling to find a candidate who can be competitive in a special election just five months away.

Brown, who won a 2010 special election for the seat of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, lost the seat in November to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

"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," Brown said in a statement. "That is why I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in the upcoming special election."

The Boston Herald earlier had reported that Brown confirmed he would not seek the office, despite some polls showing him leading the declared and likely Democratic candidates.

Boston.com reported:

"Brown had long been considered the party's strongest and most likely candidate. The party may now turn to former governor William F. Weld or former lieutenant governor Kerry Healey."

"Beyond that, the list of credible candidates is thin. Weld has left open the possibility he would run, but associates say he is unlikely to leave his law and consulting practice to resume a political career."

The special election will be held June 25. On Wednesday, Gov. Deval Patrick named Boston lawyer and former aide William Cowan as Kerry's interim replacement, but Cowan has said he will not run in the special election.

Reps. Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch both have announced that they are seeking the Democratic nomination, which will be decided in an April 30 party primary.

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