Once it was clear John Kerry would leave the Senate to become Secretary of State, defeated Sen. Scott Brown (R) started dropping hints about his interest in the race. The Republican boasted to other senators that he "may obviously meet" them again, and he added with a smile that defeat is "temporary." Soon after, Brown wrote an op-ed emphasizing the importance of "second chances."
But when it came time to make a formal decision, the former senator, rejected by the voters of Massachusetts just three months ago, decided not to run.
Scott P. Brown said on Friday that he had opted out of the Senate race in Massachusetts to fill the seat being vacated by John Kerry. [...]
Mr. Brown first alerted The Boston Herald, which was strongly supportive of him during his last campaign, that he was not running. "U are the first to know," Mr. Brown said in a text message to The Herald.
Mr. Brown has told friends that he is exhausted from the lengthy and hard-fought campaign against Ms. Warren. Running this year would have meant a third statewide race since 2010, and would probably have meant a fourth in 2014 for a full six-year term.
Looking ahead, Brown's decision leaves the state Republican Party without a top-tier challenger for the June 25 special election. Former Gov. William Weld and former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey have both been the subject of speculation, though neither have made any announcements about their plans. Former Gov. Mitt Romney will almost certainly not run.
Among Democrats, meanwhile, Reps. Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch will face off in a primary. With Brown out, the Democratic nominee will be favored to fill Kerry's vacancy.
So, have we heard the last of Brown? Time will tell, but recent scuttlebutt suggests the Republican may run for governor in 2014.