Political Animal


April 23, 2013 3:09 PM Carpetbagger

By Ed Kilgore

Former Sen. Scott Brown, having passed up a campaign to take over John Kerry’s Senate seat in Massachusetts, has been publicly kicking around the possibility of running in 2014 in New Hampshire, a more conservative state with which he has many personal ties, and where is he is well known thanks to Boston media. But now a poll conducted by PPP for the League of Conservation Voters may have poured icy cold water on that idea: Jeanne Shaheen leads Brown in a trial heat by a comfortable 52-41 margin. Worse yet, Brown personal favorable/unfavorable ratings are net negative, and 54% of respondents say they don’t want him to run. Add in the likelihood that Brown would face a vicious primary fight from the Granite State GOP’s notoriously hard-core conservative wing, and a Brown campaign in NH doesn’t look like the best career move.

But I do wonder if Brown has any connections to Montana—you know, maybe he’s modeled western wear or fly-fishing gear or something. If the NRSC cannot recruit Steve Daines or Mark Racicot for the now-open Baucus seat, they may be looking for some fresh talent. The same is true a bit further south in Colorado, where the GOP is in disarray and Mark Udall could skate in 2014. Or perhaps he could parachute naked, so to speak, into North Carolina politics, where Kay Hagan is up next year and has a surprisingly solid lead over all named opponents.

As a Fox News commentator, Brown’s a man about town everywhere, so there’s no reason he should limit that packed carpetbag to New Hampshire.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • c u n d gulag on April 23, 2013 3:25 PM:

    If he had some real cajones, he'd come and try to take on Kirsten Gillibrand here in NY.

    That would be have to be the finest looking set of opponents in Senate History.
    Eye-candy for all!

  • Steve Benen on April 23, 2013 4:58 PM:

    I'm outraged by the use of "carpetbagger" as a pejorative.

  • MuddyLee on April 23, 2013 5:01 PM:

    Since the repub senators basically represent corporations and not geographic areas, why not just let him run in any state? Let him come to South Carolina and be Graham's primary opponent - he could get himself a place in Hilton Head and not even feel like he's in the South at all - until he has to campaign and dodge road kill as he's driving around the state. Can he learn to say "y'all"?

  • esaud on April 23, 2013 5:43 PM:

    Ed sez "But I do wonder if Brown has any connections to Montana—you know, maybe he’s modeled western wear or fly-fishing gear or something."

    Best snark of the day!

  • Anonymous on April 23, 2013 8:42 PM:

    I wish there was a "like" button for the posts and the comments!