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Brown Jabs at Markey on Hub Radio

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January 2, 2013

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., has not yet revealed whether he'll run in the special election to replace Democratic Sen. John Kerry -- but he may have dropped a hint on the "Jim & Margery Show" on WTKK-FM in Boston this morning, when he went after Democratic Rep. Ed Markey.

The Boston Globe's Glen Johnson flags Brown's jab at Markey, who announced his candidacy last week and quickly garnered support from Kerry, Vicki Kennedy, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, as the Democrats attempted to clear the Democratic primary field.

"I'll tell you what; They're making it awfully tempting. You got Ed Markey: Does he even live here any more?" said Brown on the show. "You've got to check the travel records. I've come back and forth (from D.C. to Boston) every weekend, almost, for three years, and I see, you know, most of the delegation, and I have never seen Ed on the airplane - ever."

The comments were Brown’s first about his potential opponent’s candidacy. The Globe reported that Markey lists his childhood home as his Massachusetts residence, though he and his wife also own a home in D.C.'s Maryland suburbs.

Kerry is expected to be easily confirmed by the Senate as the next secretary of State, triggering a special election for his seat. Brown, defeated in November by Democrat Elizabeth Warren, is considered likely to enter the race, and would clear the GOP field -- but he could still against a run, possibly to run for governor in 2014 instead.

The special election for Kerry's Senate seat won't be scheduled until Kerry resigns his seat. The seat will also be up in the 2014 general election, on the same ballot as the Bay State's gubernatorial race.

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