Republicans urge Scott Brown to run for Senate in New Hampshire

The former Massachusetts senator would challenge incumbent Jeanne Shaheen

Published November 8, 2013 2:45PM (EST)

Scott Brown                    (AP/Alex Brandon)
Scott Brown (AP/Alex Brandon)

If national Republicans have their way, Scott Brown may be making a comeback to the U.S. Senate.

According to a report in the Huffington Post (via the Boston Globe), the chairman and vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Sens. Jerry Moran and Rob Portman, are urging former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown to make another run for the upper chamber — this time from the state of New Hampshire.

Republicans' interest in another Brown run is no doubt partially fueled by a recent poll from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, which found Brown within striking distance of current incumbent, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. In a head-to-head matchup, Brown fares best among all potential Republican challengers, trailing Shaheen by only 4 points.

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Brown has said he is considering a run in the Granite State. In April 2013, he saidwouldn't "rule out anything" and that "nothing's off the table."

Brown filed the paperwork in October to create a New Hampshire-based political action committee called the People’s Seat PAC. He's even made appearances in New Hampshire where he's emphasized his ties to the state.

"I think it's important to note, I do have ties to New Hampshire," Brown said in April. "For me to be here is not unusual. I have nine generations of ties to New Hampshire."

Moran said he thinks Brown is seriously considering a challenge to Shaheen.

“I don’t think Scott Brown is just fooling around,” Moran said, according to the Globe.

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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