By Justin Sink
Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said Thursday night he did not believe he was "done with politics," and hinted at a possible Senate bid in New Hampshire, where he owns a vacation home.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Defense: US blames ISIS for Turkey attack | Afghan visas in spending bill | Army rolls up its sleeves Senate panel passes bill that would create 4K visas for Afghans GOP senators: Brexit vote a wake-up call MORE (D-N.H.) will face reelection in 2014, and Brown could mount a high-profile challenge in what would be his third Senate race in less than five years.
Brown won his seat in a 2010 special election following the death of former Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), edging Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. But in 2012, Brown lost reelection to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Finance: Senate sends Puerto Rico bill to Obama | Treasury, lawmakers to meet on tax rules | Obama hits Trump on NAFTA | Fed approves most banks' capital plans The Trail 2016: When a pivot isn’t always a pivot Overnight Tech: Facebook's changes worry publishers | First stage of spectrum auction ends | Clinton recruits from Silicon Valley MORE (D-Mass.). Many suggested he could run in the upcoming special election to replace Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryCutting corners in a federal campaign is criminal Navy investigation concludes Iran broke international law by detaining sailors Top Democrat wants Obama to block Boeing's deal with Iran MORE, but Brown ultimately opted against a run.
But at a Republican political event Thursday night, Brown emphasized that he had strong ties to the Granite State.
"New Hampshire is like a second home,” he said. “I was born at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, my mom and sister and family live here, spent summers here growing up, have a house here, I’ve been a taxpayer for 20 years. It’s not a far drive, either.”
Brown said a potential bid was "not something I’ve been spending any time really focusing on," but at the same time said voters in New Hampshire should do "the homework and finding out where and how [their senator] voted.”
“People need to check not only Jeanne’s record but [Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteThe Trail 2016: Meet and greet and grief Clean energy group backs two GOP incumbents Senator calls for pause in accepting Syrian refugees after Istanbul attack MORE's (R-N.H.)] record and everyone else’s record to see how they vote,” Brown said.