Multiple outlets are reporting that former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts will not run in the upcoming special election to fill the seat of new Secretary of State John Kerry.
The move is a blow to GOP hopes of picking up Kerry’s seat. Political observers have speculated that the Senate GOP preferred Kerry as the nominee at State in order to open a hole for Brown’s return.
Brown took his Senate seat following the special election to replace Ted Kennedy, who held the seat from 1962 until his death in 2009. He was defeated this November by Elizabeth Warren, now the Senior Senator from Massachusetts.
In his short time in the senate, Brown was active as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and received a favorable response from the defense sector.
Defense firms poured over $107,000 into Brown’s campaign coffers, more than just about all other congressional campaigns. Only the staunchest defense industry ally, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., got more campaign cash from the “Big Five” firms.
It’s unclear what Brown’s next move will be, but he has been linked to a potential 2014 gubernatorial bid.