Scott Brown: NH Move 'Strictly Personal'

Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 06:15 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Former Sen. Scott Brown has already moved to New Hampshire, but he wants the world to believe his move from Massachusetts to the Granite State – where it was speculated he’d run for Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s seat next year – "is strictly personal."

"I have nothing to announce with regard to my future political plans," the former U.S. senator from Massachusetts said in a statement to television station WMUR Thursday.

"Once we get settled, we will do what many other people have done upon moving into New Hampshire. We will register to vote, get new licenses and enjoy the fact that there is no income or sales tax in New Hampshire."

Brown’s wife, Gail Huff, said the couple are living in their new home in Rye, N.H., the Boston Herald reported Thursday.

"We are living here now," she told the newspaper. "If you look inside our Wrentham [Mass.] house, it’s empty."

In September, Brown and his wife put their four-bedroom home in Wrentham up for sale at $559,000; by last week, it was under agreement, the Boston Business Journal reported – fueling another round of speculation about his political plans.

Brown will also headline the New Hampshire GOP’s holiday party Thursday night, Roll Call has reported.

"Both Gail and I love Massachusetts and like many parents whose children have grown and are moving on with their own lives, we are making personal choices that will reflect our new lifestyle without the kids," Brown’s statement to WMUR said.

"My returning to New Hampshire is strictly personal. For those who have read my book, you know that my first home was in New Hampshire. My family and I have long and strong ties to the Granite State that go back many generations."

He said the move would also put him a lot closer to his mother and extended family, adding: "…as long as we still root for the Patriots, Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox, I am a happy man."

Brown, in a 2010 special election, won the Massachusetts Senate seat held for almost half a century by Democratic Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who died in 2009.

After losing to Elizabeth Warren in November 2012, Brown considered running again in a special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, who was appointed Secretary of State in February by President Obama. Instead, he started work as a lawyer at Nixon Peabody.

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