The Fix: Scott Brown

Why Scott Brown’s no sure bet to run for U.S. Senate from New Hampshire

Why Scott Brown’s no sure bet to run for U.S. Senate from New Hampshire

Scott Brown has nodded in New Hampshire's direction no fewer than three times in the last week.

While it may seem like the Republican is gearing up for a run against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), it's far from a sure bet that he will make a bid.

First, let's look at what exactly the former U.S. senator from Massachusetts has been doing to get on the New Hampshire radar.

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Scott Brown flirts with New Hampshire, but the feeling might not be mutual

Scott Brown flirts with New Hampshire, but the feeling might not be mutual

Scott Brown has spent a lot of time in New Hampshire this year. With each trip, the big question his presence raises is a simple one: Will he challenge Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in 2014?

Brown won't say yes. But he won't say no, either. The uncertainty could be doing Granite State Republicans more harm than good.

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Scott Brown doesn't sound like a candidate for any office. Here's why.

Scott Brown doesn't sound like a candidate for any office. Here's why.

Republican Scott Brown will not run for governor of Massachusetts next year, passing up what looked like his best -- but not only -- chance of returning to elected office.

Now, it's looking increasingly unlikely that another campaign is in Brown's immediate future, based both on what he's been saying, and the options he has left.

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Scott Brown's light (and late) footprint in the Mass. Senate race

Scott Brown's light (and late) footprint in the Mass. Senate race

For weeks, he has been likened to Scott Brown. Next week, the day before a special Senate election in which he is an underdog against Rep. Ed Markey (D), Gabriel Gomez (R) will get campaign support from the former Republican senator in the flesh -- for the first time.

The fact that Brown will not make an appearance with the former Navy SEAL until literally the final day of the campaign is very notable. While Democrats like to beat up on Brown, he is still the buzziest and most popular Republican in Massachusetts.

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The Fix's top 10 Senate races of 2014

The Fix's top 10 Senate races of 2014

Is Scott Brown about to hatch a political comeback in New Hampshire?

"I'm not going to rule out anything right now," the former Massachusetts Republican senator said Thursday when asked whether he was interested in running against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in 2014.

While Brown's political profile fits the mold of the state nicely, there are several reasons to believe it simply won't happen.

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Scott Brown filling in for Bill O'Reilly

#Bqhatevwr, or why Scott Brown needs to address his tweets

#Bqhatevwr, or why Scott Brown needs to address his tweets

Former Massachusetts Republican senator Scott Brown's late-night tweeting has people talking.

Early Saturday morning (i.e. after midnight Friday), Brown's Twitter account featured a string of odd tweets responding to critics, making prominent use of the word "whatever" and using poor spelling and grammar.

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Massachusetts special election: Who will run?

Massachusetts special election: Who will run?

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry's expected appointment to become the next Secretary of State is close to becoming official, which means we're almost assured of a second special Senate election in three year in the Bay State.

We've already examined the race ahead in some detail, including Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) chances of returning to the Senate after his 2012 loss. And a new poll from WBUR-TV today shows Brown would start the race with a significant lead on all comers, including popular Gov. Deval Patrick (D).

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A Scott Brown comeback? Not on our Friday Line.

A Scott Brown comeback? Not on our Friday Line.

Republicans are understandably giddy that they have scuttled the nomination of Susan Rice as the next secretary of state.

Not only did they win the first big political battle of the lame duck session, but they also likely have a pickup opportunity if Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), as many expect, gets the nod at the State Department.

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Another Massachusetts special election?

Another Massachusetts special election?

Election 2012 has been in the books for just a week, but it's already looking like we might have a special election in early-to-mid 2013.

Sen. John Kerry's (D-Mass.) name has popped up as a potential pick for the next Secretary of Defense -- a selection which, if it happened, would create the second Senate special election in Massachusetts in three years.

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Elizabeth Warren defeats Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts

Elizabeth Warren defeats Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts

Democrat Elizabeth Warren unseated Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) on Tuesday, winning perhaps the marquee Senate race of the 2012 election.

With 60 percent of precincts reporting, Warren led Brown 53 percent to 47 percent. The Washington Post has called the race for Warren.

Warren is a Harvard professor and is credited as the force behind the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. With her Senate confirmation as head of that agency looking unlikely, she opted to instead challenge Brown.

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Campaign ads take a turn for the nasty

We’re now just more than five weeks from Election Day, which means it’s time to bring out the big guns.

And by the big guns, we mean the nasty ads.

The Fix’s Sean Sullivan today noted a particularly stark ad in the North Carolina governor’s race in which African-Americans say that Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory doesn’t understand them.

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Joe Kennedy III sails to primary win

Joe Kennedy III sails to primary win

As Democrats gathered for the final night of their national convention in Charlotte on Thursday, the first family of the Democratic Party took another step toward returning to Congress.

Joe Kennedy III easily won his congressional primary Thursday in Massachusetts.

The 31-year-old son of former congressman Joe Kennedy II and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy had a huge financial advantage over two lesser-known opponents and easily grabbed more than 90 percent of the vote. He is a heavy favorite to succeed retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) in a strongly Democratic district.

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Assessing Elizabeth Warren’s wounds

Has Elizabeth Warren paid a price in the polls for the ongoing flap over her Native American heritage?


Supporters of Elizabeth Warren cheer after Warren won the delegate vote to become the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate at the Democratic State Convention in Springfield, Mass., on Saturday. (Michael Dwyer — Associated Press)
Survey says: Yes. And no.

Two new polls out this weekend show the former Obama administration official and Harvard professor hanging tough in her race against Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.). The race remained a virtual tie in a new Boston Globe poll by the University of New Hampshire and another from Western New England University.

The Globe poll, in fact, showed the exact same two-point lead for Brown as it did two months ago, before the controversy over Warren’s minority claims began.

But a dig a little deeper in the poll shows at least some key voters are turned off to Warren. And in a tight race, that could matter.

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Elizabeth Warren and the Red Sox test

In the 2010 Massachusetts special election, Scott Brown’s pickup truck was the epitome of his shocking special election upset. In 2012, the Republican senator has jumped whole-hog on the Boston Red Sox bandwagon.

Brown, who has built a successful political brand for himself as an average guy who happens to be a senator, is now using the Red Sox to reinforce that fact. This week, he’s going up with his second radio ad of the campaign focused on the BoSox. The first thanked longtime players Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield (knuckleballer!) for their long careers with the team, while the second focuses on the team’s iconic stadium, Fenway Park. (Brown’s radio ads have also mentioned the New England Patriots.)

But this strategy isn’t really about Brown; it’s all about his opponent, Elizabeth Warren.

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The STOCK Act: Refuge of the most vulnerable congressmen in America

President Obama signed the so-called STOCK Act on Wednesday surrounded by a veritable who’s who of endangered incumbents.


President Obama signs the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act with Vice President Joe Biden and Republican and Democratic members of Congress at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Wednesday. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

There was Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), of course, who has the unenviable task of winning reelection as a Republican in Massachusetts. (Brown has been front-and-center on the bill from day one.)

Then there was Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.), whose already-perilous district became even more difficult for him to hold thanks to a redistricting plan crafted by Illinois Democrats this year. He’s arguably one of the five most vulnerable House members in the country.

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Scott Brown vs. Elizabeth Warren : The most expensive Senate race ever?

Scott Brown vs. Elizabeth Warren : The most expensive Senate race ever?

The Massachusetts Senate race between Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren has a shot at becoming the most expensive contest in the history of Congress this year.

Brown and Warren have set a torrid fundraising pace thus far, including bringing in about $9 million combined in te final three months of 2011. If they increase that pace just slightly this year — not at all an unreasonable possibility – the Massachusetts Senate race could wind up as the most expensive Senate race ever.

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Afternoon Fix: Scott Brown calls House GOP plan ‘irresponsible and wrong’

Scott Brown rips the House GOP, CREW wants a Newt Gingrich investigation, John Brunner won’t debate, and Romney is all over television.

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Elizabeth Warren: Obama’s natural heir?

Elizabeth Warren: Obama’s natural heir?

Ever since she formally decided to challenge Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R), Elizabeth Warren has been a national Democratic phenomenon.

She raised more than $3 million in just the first few weeks of cash collection, rang up more than 796,000 hits on You Tube for her pronouncement that “there is nobody in this country who got rich on his own”, and is regularly drawing large number of volunteers to her campaign headquarters almost a year before the 2012 election.

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Elizabeth Warren hit airwaves with first TV ad (video)

Elizabeth Warren hit airwaves with first TV ad (video)

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D) is going on the air today in the Massachusetts Senate race with a one-minute biographical ad, an attempt to define the Harvard Law professor and former Obama administration adviser for voters before her opponents can.

It is the first broadcast ad in the race, where Warren will likely face Sen. Scott Brown (R) next November, although conservative super PAC Crossroads GPS went on the air with an ad attacking the Democratic candidate last week.

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Afternoon Fix: Scott Brown accused of plagiarism, blames staff

Scott Brown lifted from Elizabeth Dole, Huntsman and Gingrich are threatening a boycott, John Edwards says Obama could have stopped his indictment and Paul Ryan loves 9-9-9.

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Afternoon Fix: Scott Brown takes heat for clothing comment

Scott Brown says “Thank God” Elizabeth Warren kept her clothes on in college, Herman Cain says he wouldn’t be Perry’s VP, and Joe Biden says he sympathizes with the occupiers.

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Democrats get their woman in Massachusetts. Now what?

After months of searching for a top-tier candidate to take on Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) in 2012, national Democrats — finally — landed their pick in the form of former Obama Administration official Elizabeth Warren.


Elizabeth Warren speaks with voters as she campaigns after announcing her candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Framingham, Massachusetts, September 14, 2011. REUTERS/Adam Hunger

Now that Warren is in the race, the question is what kind of candidate will she be?

Democrats insist early returns are promising, noting that Warren was at a “T” stop in Boston at 7 am on the first day of her campaign and kept at it until late at night.

One day, of course, does not a campaign make. And Republicans will work very hard to paint Warren as an out-of-touch Harvard elitist — Warren is on staff at Harvard Law School — who can’t win over the blue-collar Democrats who will likely be the swing vote of this election.

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