Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown plans to move to New Hampshire, the latest sign that he’s considering a U.S. Senate bid there, which would complicate Democrats' effort to hold their majority in the chamber.
Brown, 54, has found a buyer for his Wrentham home and is set to close on that deal this week, Andrew I. Glincher, managing partner and chief executive officer at Brown’s employer Nixon Peabody LLP, said in an interview. Brown will continue to work out of the law firm’s Boston office because he isn’t licensed to practice law in New Hampshire, Glincher said.
Brown didn’t respond to an e-mail inquiry.
The move will fuel speculation that Brown intends to challenge New Hampshire’s Democratic U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who is seeking re-election next year. Brown lost his Massachusetts Senate seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012.
Republicans need a net gain of six seats in the 2014 midterms to take control of the Senate. The party already has a majority in the U.S. House.
A former New Hampshire governor, Shaheen, 66, was elected in 2008 with 52 percent of the vote in a three-way race, according to the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office data. Two Republicans, former state Senator Jim Rubens and activist Karen Testerman, already have announced intentions to challenge Shaheen.
A WMUR Granite State Poll showed Shaheen with a 57 percent favorability rating. The poll was conducted from Oct. 7 to Oct. 16.
Brown owns a vacation home in New Hampshire and made a number of public appearances in the state this fall. He is scheduled to headline the New Hampshire Republican State Committee’s annual holiday party on Dec. 19 in Nashua.
Earlier this year, Brown won clearance to spend money from his federal political action committee in the state.
Glincher said Brown hasn’t made up his mind about running for the Senate, although he thinks the former senator has ambitions beyond the law firm.
“Some people, when they start, you are already writing the press release for when they leave,” Glincher said.
Brown, in a 2010 special election, won the Massachusetts Senate seat held for almost half a century by Democratic Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who died in 2009.
After losing to Warren in November 2012, Brown considered running again in a special election to replace Senator John Kerry, who was appointed Secretary of State in February by President Barack Obama. Instead, Brown began working as a counsel at Nixon Peabody in March.
In recent days the New Hampshire Democratic Party has pressed Brown to release his client list at the law firm. Glincher said the information won’t be made public.
“The bottom line is that is unobtainable,” Glincher said. “Simply, it is not going to happen.”