Huff Brown filed papers Thursday to challenge Rep. Chris PappasChristopher (Chris) Charles PappasDemocratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse Club for Growth squeezes front-line Democrats on reconciliation plan Gail Huff Brown, wife of Scott Brown, jumps into congressional race in New Hampshire MORE (D) next year. She is among a handful of Republicans — including two former members of the Trump administration — to submit paperwork to the Federal Election Commission.
Huff Brown has not formally declared she will run for office, but she told WMUR she would explore the race.
“I’m taking my time to do due diligence, to talk to as many people as I can and really get a feel for whether or not this is winnable,” Huff Brown told the New Hampshire outlet. “If I found that I wasn’t able to have the resources that Republicans in the First District deserve, then I wouldn’t take it on.”
Huff Brown reported for CBS affiliates in North Carolina, Rhode Island and Connecticut before moving to Boston-based WCVB-TV. She briefly joined WJLA-TV in Washington, after her husband won a special election to fill the remainder of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) term after he died in 2009.
Scott Brown lost reelection to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats scramble to reach deal on taxes Ethics office warned officials about unnecessary trades Fed imposes tougher rules on financial trades amid scandal MORE (D) in 2012. The Brown family moved to New Hampshire the following year, when Gail Huff Brown returned to television at NH-1. Scott Brown lost a race against Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenProgressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Defense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' MORE (D-N.H.) in 2014.
The couple then moved across the world when then-President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE appointed Scott Brown to be the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. After his post, Scott Brown spent eight months as dean of a private law school in Boston. He eventually quit to get back into politics, he told the Boston Globe.
Some New Hampshire Republicans thought his resignation meant Brown would challenge Sen. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanPoll: New Hampshire Senate race tight Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Democratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races MORE (D-N.H.). But rumors have floated through Republican circles in the Granite State in recent weeks that it was Gail, rather than Scott, who intended to get back into electoral politics.
Gail Huff Brown will face Matt Mowers, a former executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party and a White House aide in the Trump administration, who lost to Pappas by a 5-point margin in 2020. Karoline Leavitt (R), another former White House adviser during the Trump administration, is also running. So is state Rep. Tim Baxter (R), who at 24 years old is one of the youngest people serving in the 400-seat New Hampshire state House.
President BidenJoe BidenBiden: Democrats' spending plan is 'a bigger darn deal' than Obamacare Biden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Biden: Comment that DOJ should prosecute those who defy subpoenas 'not appropriate' MORE carried the Manchester-based 1st District by a 52 percent to 46 percent margin, a veritable landslide in a swing district that gave both former Presidents Obama and Trump 1-point wins in 2012 and 2016.
But the district is likely to change significantly in the coming months, as New Hampshire’s Republican-controlled legislature redraws district maps in conjunction with Gov. Chris SununuChris SununuPoll: New Hampshire Senate race tight Democratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - To vote or not? Pelosi faces infrastructure decision MORE, also a Republican.