Scott Brown launches exploratory committee in New Hampshire

Former senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) made it official Friday afternoon: He's launching an exploratory committee for Senate in New Hampshire.

In a speech to the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, N.H., Brown said his wife encouraged him to run for Senate again.

"It won’t surprise you that I’ve been paying special attention to Gail, who’s been telling me that if I really want to make a difference then I should run for United States Senator in New Hampshire," Brown said, according to prepared remarks released by his campaign.

Brown added: “Honey, you are right, I’m going to stop complaining and get involved again. So I am announcing that I have formed an exploratory committee to prepare a campaign for the U.S. Senate."

Earlier Friday, Fox News announced that it had terminated Brown's contract as a contributor because he informed the network of his plans to form an exploratory committee.

Brown will be taking on Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in a race that, until now, had been below the radar.

Brown lost his 2012 reelection campaign in Massachusetts to now-Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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