Scott Brown Takes the Road Less Traveled to N.H.

The former Massachusetts senator is considering a bid in the neighboring Granite State, but his recent travel has taken him elsewhere.

BOSTON - JANUARY 18: U.S. Senate republican nominee Scott Brown campaigns outside the TD Garden January 18, 2010 in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. According to reports, polls have Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley tied in the special election to fill the seat of late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) on January 19.
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Julie Sobel
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Julie Sobel
Jan. 24, 2014, 9:02 a.m.

A col­lege Re­pub­lic­ans group snagged a bold­faced name for an event in Feb­ru­ary: Former Sen. Scott Brown of Mas­sachu­setts, who is con­sid­er­ing a bid for Demo­crat­ic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s seat in neigh­bor­ing New Hamp­shire. But he’s not speak­ing at a New Hamp­shire col­lege. On Feb. 6, Brown will head to Ithaca, N.Y., to speak to Cor­nell stu­dents.

Brown has made some big moves to show he’s ser­i­ous about New Hamp­shire, most not­ably his ac­tu­al move to from Mas­sachu­setts to his va­ca­tion home in Rye, N.H. But he’s kept up an un­usu­al sched­ule of ap­pear­ances for a can­did­ate whose Live Free or Die bona fides are already be­ing ques­tioned.

Oth­er events he’s tweeted about re­cently in­clude speak­ing to Con­cord Academy (that’s Con­cord, Mass.) on Jan. 18, work at the Pentagon on Jan. 14, meet­ings in D.C. on Jan. 13, ap­pear­ances on Fox News in New York on Jan. 10, meet­ings and a speech in Flor­ida on Jan. 2, his daugh­ter’s con­cert in Worcester, Mass., on Dec. 31, and see­ing Pip­pin and play­ing gui­tar on The Hucka­bee Show in New York in late Decem­ber.

And an­oth­er ap­pear­ance, which he didn’t tweet about, on Jan. 16: Cape Cod, help­ing a Bay State con­gres­sion­al can­did­ate raise money. It’s not that he hasn’t ap­peared pub­licly in New Hamp­shire re­cently — he has — but he hasn’t chosen to high­light any re­cent Gran­ite State vis­its.

Mean­while, Brown has sent two fun­drais­ing emails on be­half of the New Hamp­shire GOP this month. But from his cam­paign ac­count, the emails he’s re­cently sent out are ec­lect­ic and are not New Hamp­shire-fo­cused, in­clud­ing a (non­polit­ic­al) op-ed his wife wrote for the Low­ell Sun, a Mas­sachu­setts pa­per; the text to JFK’s “City Upon a Hill” speech; an op-ed on vet­er­ans and budget cuts; and a speech he made in Iowa in Novem­ber.

Brown wouldn’t start the race as your av­er­age can­did­ate — he’s already served in the Sen­ate and is well-known in New Hamp­shire, he’s a su­per­star fun­draiser, polling shows him run­ning just a few points be­hind Shaheen, and Demo­crats are nervous enough about his po­ten­tial can­did­acy that they’ve gone on the air at­tack­ing him — and he doesn’t ne­ces­sar­ily need to take a totally con­ven­tion­al ap­proach to jump­ing in the race. If he does ul­ti­mately get in, it will be fair to say he did it his way.

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