Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts said he won’t try to regain a seat in the U.S. Senate in a June 25 special election to fill the post vacated by John Kerry, who was appointed secretary of state last month by President Barack Obama.
Brown made the announcement in a statement sent by e-mail today. He was viewed as the party’s best chance at picking up the seat, said Massachusetts Republican consultant Rob Gray. It would have been his third Senate race since 2010.
“I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign in less than four years, and the prospect of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left, was really the best way for me to continue in public service at this time,” Brown said. “And I know it’s not the only way for me to advance the ideals and causes that matter most to me.”
Brown, 53, became a darling of national Republicans and the Tea Party when he won an open Senate seat in a 2010 special election after the death of Ted Kennedy. He was unable to hold the job, losing by seven percentage points, or 238,000 votes, to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in November.
Other potential Republican contenders for an April 30 primary include Richard Tisei, who is openly gay and narrowly lost a bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Representative John Tierney in November. Former Lieutenant Governor Kerry M. Healey, who was Governor Mitt Romney’s No. 2 from 2003 to 2007, and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld have also been mentioned as possible candidates.
Whoever emerges from the Republican field may face Representative Ed Markey, a Democrat and 36-year veteran of the House, or Democratic Representative Stephen Lynch, a former union president.
The seat is currently held on an interim basis by William “Mo” Cowan, who was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick on Jan. 30 and said he doesn’t plan to run in June. The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of Kerry’s term until a general election for a six-year post is held in November 2014.