BOSTON -- Former Sen. Scott Brown said yesterday he would not run in a special senate election in Massachusetts, dealing a setback to Republican hopes of winning the seat being vacated by new Secretary of State John Kerry.
Brown, who scored an upset win in a 2010 special election but lost his seat in November, ended weeks of speculation about his future with a written statement.
"I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign in less than four years, and the prospect of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left, was really the best way for me to continue in public service at this time," he said.
GOP officials widely considered Brown the strongest possible candidate in a state that traditionally favors Democrats.
He remained popular among Massachusetts voters, still had a statewide political organization and demonstrated an ability to raise tens of millions in donations.