Scott Brown stops by Capitol Hill for lunch with former (and future?) Senate colleagues

(Michael Dwyer/Associated Press)
File: Scott Brown (Michael Dwyer/Associated Press)

Former Massachusetts senator (and potential New Hampshire Senate candidate) Scott Brown was on Capitol Hill today, where he joined Senate Republicans at their caucus lunch.

"We'd love to have Scott back. We're happy that he's running for the Senate. He's an old friend of ours," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters when he was asked about Brown's appearance on the Hill. "And no one's election victory was more a symbol of public objection to 'Obamacare' like Scott Brown's special election in January of 2010. So he's an appropriate candidate in a year in which 'Obamacare' is likely to be the biggest issue in the fall election."

Then a Massachusetts state senator, Brown scored an upset victory against Democrat Martha Coakley during the 2010 special election to replace Sen. Ted Kennedy.

His victory in the deeply-blue Massachusetts electoral climate was held up as one of the ultimate victories of the tea party movement in 2010, but, two years later, he was defeated in the general election by Elizabeth Warren.

Brown has since moved to New Hampshire and is openly and actively flirting with a Senate run against Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanee Sheheen, announcing last month that he was forming an exploratory committee.

Moments after McConnell's comments, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) was also asked about Brown's presence on the Hill.

"I'm sure you've all heard this before, but Senator Mikulski said last week in the caucus that the Constitution guarantees every state two senators, but the Constitution does not -- does not guarantee every senator two states," Reid said, prompting laughter.

Wesley Lowery is a national reporter covering law enforcement and justice for the Washington Post. He previously covered Congress and national politics.

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