With John Kerry moving to the State Department, a special election will be held in June to replace him in the Senate. But Twitter expert Scott Brown, who just lost his seat to Elizabeth Warren in November, announced today that he won't be running. Instead, it's widely assumed that he'll shoot for governor in 2014. Here are three reasons why.
1. Because after winning this special Senate election, Brown would have to defend the seat in a scheduled election next year. Brown would therefore face the risk of getting booted out of the Senate again pretty quickly. He'd also have run for Senate four times (2010 special, 2012 scheduled, 2013 special, 2014 scheduled) in a span of just five years, which we imagine would be exhausting.
2. Because Massachusetts Republicans have historically had much better luck running for governor. Before Democrat Deval Patrick took office in 2007, the Bay State had a GOP governor since 1991. Presumably, it's easier to run for office in the solidly blue state if you can't be tied to stuff like this.
3. Because it's the Senate, the absolute worst place in the world, and nobody in their right mind would submit themselves to it voluntarily.