Not many of the losers in last year’s congressional elections have bounced back as high as former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass.
Since his ouster in November by Democrat Elizabeth Warren after three years in the Senate, Brown has opted not to run for governor of Massachusetts, has suggested he might run for president in 2016, and has said he will decide after Labor Day whether he’ll try to make a Senate comeback next year in New Hampshire, where he owns a second home.
In terms of real accomplishments, Brown joined Nixon Peabody as counsel in the law firm’s Boston office, became cochairman of a new defense-advocacy group called the Bipartisan Coalition for American Security, and — in perhaps his most memorable move — played guitar with the rock band Cheap Trick as it performed its hit song “Surrender.”
“I am a blessed man,” Brown tweeted after his performance on Monday night at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in New Hampshire. “I fulfilled one of my bucket-list items and got to get up on stage and played #Surrender with #Cheaptrick tonight. Wow.”
Brown, 53, did not respond to interview requests, but it appears he maintains his celebrity status eight months after leaving Congress, where he finished out the term of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
Thirty-one years after winning Cosmopolitan magazine’s “America’s Sexiest Man” contest and posing nude for the centerfold, Brown continues to attract attention as a Republican star, though not one favored by the party’s prevailing conservative wing.
Fox News made Brown a commentator soon after his Senate term ended in January, and Boston’s most popular radio station, WBZ, provided the format for Brown’s most recent political announcement. “I’ve decided, with my wife’s blessing, that I will not be running for governor of Massachusetts in 2014,” Brown said on the station’s Dan Rea Show on Aug. 21.
Brown elaborated on his decision in a Facebook post: “I have been fortunate to have private-sector opportunities that I find fulfilling and exhilarating,” he wrote. “These new opportunities have allowed me to grow personally and professionally. I want to continue with that process.”
Earlier this month, after a fundraiser for a Republican state lawmaker in New Hampshire, Brown told reporters he would decide around Labor Day whether to challenge Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in 2014. Brown and his wife, TV journalist Gail Huff, own a home in Rye, N.H.
Brown also visited the Iowa State Fair this month and floated the idea of launching a presidential bid in 2016. He told the Boston Globe‘s Jim O’Sullivan by telephone from Iowa that he was surprised how much he was recognized while touring the Midwest.
“It’s been kind of interesting to walk into a gas station in Mitchell, South Dakota, and, ‘Are you Scott Brown?’ or into the hotel last night in Fergus Falls [Minn.], and, ‘Are you Scott Brown?” he told O’Sullivan. “And I’m, like, ‘How do you know me?’ and they say, ‘I see you on Fox all the time.’ There’s certainly an appreciation here for the straightforward way I do my job and set out facts.”
On his political ambitions, Brown emphasized his “big tent” philosophy for the GOP.
“I’m all around, trying to speak and bring that message that there’s room for me, there’s room for Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rand Paul, there’s room for all of us,” he told the Globe.