Scott Brown: Negative Ads Make Me Want to Run

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Tuesday, 04 Mar 2014 08:30 AM

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The attack ads that Democratic groups are running against former Sen. Scott Brown, which are intended to intimidate him from making a Senate run in New Hampshire, are making him want to run more, the former Massachusetts senator says.

"They keep running these negative ads and crushing my integrity and distorting my votes and the like — almost antagonizing me, challenging me to get in," Brown told Politico. "Had they left me alone, I may feel a bit different. But they didn't."

Brown said he is still considering whether to challenge Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, but that the negative television ads are not a discouraging factor.

"It's not discouraging me, that's for sure," he said. "If their intent was to discourage me, that's definitely not the case."

Brown declined to tell Politico why he was on Capitol Hill on Monday.

The Massachusetts Republican has been hinting at a run in the Granite State over the last year. The former Bay State senator had won the seat previously held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in a 2010 special election, which he lost in 2012 to Elizabeth Warren.

Brown and his wife sold their Massachusetts home and purchased a new house in New Hampshire in December, which he said was for "strictly personal" reasons.

A poll by the bipartisan polling firm Purple Strategies from January had both Shaheen and Brown with 44 percent of the vote.

A Public Policy Polling survey, also taken in January, had Shaheen with a three-point lead over the potential candidate at 46 percent to 43 percent.

Brown has until June to make his candidacy official.

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