BOSTON — Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown said Wednesday night he won’t be a candidate for Massachusetts governor next year.
The former Republican senator and state lawmaker spoke on WBZ-AM’s “NightSide With Dan Rea” radio program.
“I have decided, with my wife’s blessing, that I will not be running for governor of Massachusetts in 2014,” Brown said.
He said he wants to fulfill his commitments to the law firm where he works, and to Fox News, where he is a paid commentator. He said he’ll continue speaking around the country about the need for bipartisanship.
Brown had been mentioned as a possible GOP contender to succeed Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, who isn’t seeking a third term.
Another Republican believed to be weighing a gubernatorial bid is Charles Baker, the former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and the 2010 GOP nominee for governor. Brown said he has spoken with Baker, who he says could provide the political balance Massachusetts needs.
“It doesn’t mean I am not going to be participating in the political process,” Brown said. Brown said he’ll continue traveling to urge bipartisan cooperation, and tolerance of varying views within the GOP. “We all have to have room under this tent,” he said.
Brown had told supporters at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday that he is “exploring a possible run” for president in 2016.
Brown won a 2010 special election to fill the unexpired term of the late Democratic Sen. Edw
– Here’s Brown’s full statement (via Facebook):
Running for office takes a lot of thought, analysis, money, and sometimes personal sacrifice. I have been honored to serve the people of the Commonwealth and this great country in many capacities for almost 20 years.
My family and I have been deeply moved and honored by your support, encouragement and well wishes.
I indicated many times that I would make an announcement on or before Labor Day.
Tonight I announced that I will not be running for Governor of MA in 2014.
As I said, I am grateful for your encouragement and support.
For the first time in 15 plus years, I have had a Summer to spend with my family. In addition, I have been fortunate to have private sector opportunities that I find fulfilling and exhilarating. These new opportunities have allowed me to grow personally and professionally. I want to continue with that process.
Thank you for your patience and support.