Scott Brown Might Be Addicted to Running for Senate

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When explaining why, after much speculation, he decided not to run for John Kerry's Senate seat, Scott Brown said he didn't want “to do five races in six years and raise another $30-$50 million and then go and participate in a Congress that’s really dysfunctional and extremely partisan." Instead, the former Massachusetts senator joined a Boston law firm and became a Fox News talking head, but it seems his effort to quit being the subject of constant political speculation isn't working. When asked on Thursday night if he's considering challenging Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, in 2014, Brown told reporters, “I’m not going to rule out anything right now.”

While that seems like it could have been an offhand comment, Brown also said he considers the Granite State “almost a second home" (he actually has a second home on the New Hampshire coast), adding “I don’t think I’m done with politics." Brown was delivering the keynote address at a dinner marking the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, and during his remarks he noted that he's been invited to speak in the state four out of the next five weeks.

For now, Democrats don't seem too worried. When asked for comment, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Justin Barasky told the Washington Post, “Is it possible to quote someone laughing?” We expect Brown's upper thigh will have something to say about that.