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 (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 Warren (D-Mass.). Many suggested he could run in the upcoming special election to replace Secretary of State John Kerry, 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 Ayotte's (R-N.H.)] record and everyone else’s record to see how they vote,” Brown said.