BOSTON (CBS) – Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown will not be a candidate for Massachusetts governor next year. He made the announcement Wednesday on NightSide With Dan Rea on WBZ NewsRadio 1030.
He had been mentioned as a possible GOP candidate.
Brown won the 2010 special election for U.S. Senate, beating Attorney General Martha Coakley. In 2012, he lost to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
This past Sunday, Brown told supporters at the Iowa State Fair that he is “exploring a possible run” for president in 2016.
“I said that I was going to take my message around the country of we need to be a bigger party, we need to be a bigger tent, there has got to be room for me, people like me and Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin,” Brown told Dan Rea. “From the most conservative to the most liberal republican if we are going to be an effective party we have to all have a voice.”
Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick is not seeking a third term and will leave office at the end of 2014.
Brown says he would support Charlie Baker should he choose to run again. “He would bring honesty and credibility back to the corner office,” Brown said. Baker lost to Patrick in the 2010 gubernatorial election.
Brown is now with the Nixon Peabody Law Firm in Boston and works as a contributor on Fox News.
“For the first time in 15 plus years, I have had a Summer to spend with my family,” Brown said in a statement posted to his Facebook page. “In addition, I have been fortunate to have private sector opportunities that I find fulfilling and exhilarating. These new opportunities have allowed me to grow personally and professionally. I want to continue with that process. Thank you for your patience and support.”