Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown may have his sights set on the neighboring state of New Hampshire. In a speech given Thursday at a Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance dinner, Brown reminded reporters and the crowd about his strong relationship to the state. However, his past behavior raises eyebrows as he presented false hopes for other political prospects. His contradicting attempts to remain under the radar may come off as superficial to potential voters, which will result in his political demise.
"I don’t think I’m done with politics … I'm not going to rule out anything right now, because I really haven’t thought a heck of a lot about it," said Brown. The Republican has had residency in the Granite State for over two decades, making him a viable candidate for a possible Senate nomination. Democratic incumbent senator Jeanne Shaheen is due for reelection in 2014, which may give Brown the green light to launch a campaign.
Brown shot down attempts to pull him into a Massachusetts special election to fill a vacancy left by current Secretary of State John Kerry. While the opportunity would have given him redemption from his November loss to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, Brown left Bay State conservatives disappointed.
Prior to his official decline however, he unleashed a series of bizarre tweets hinting at a possible run for the election. Back in January Brown tweeted, "Yes. Get Ready." The three simple words caused a media firestorm and resulted in a twitter feud involving one Massachusetts voter. "Oh we are. You have no idea how ready #MaPoli is to vote to keep you in the private sector & out of #MASen," @MattinSomerville fired back at him.
Brown also made headlines for recently filling in for Bill O'Reilly on Fox News’s The O’Reilly Factor Monday. Many presumed that they were victims of an April Fools Joke, but Brown carried out both the 8 and11 p.m. broadcasts. While Brown was officially hired by Fox News as a paid political correspondent, his headline appearance can’t help but be perceived as strategic.
Once an admired politician, Brown now may face public disapproval due to repeatedly playing coy about his career. Voters do not like to be jerked around by politicians. On the same token, Brown may be using this as a tactic to keep hopefuls guessing and to remain in the spotlight. As of now, Brown’s next career move can not be confirmed. However if he reneges as he did with the special Massachusetts election, then he may be left with a very dissatisfied electorate.