Former Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown announced Friday he won't run in a Massachusetts special election to fill Democrat John Kerry's U.S. Senate seat.
"Over these past few weeks I have given serious thought about the possibility of running again," Brown said in a statement. "I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign in less than four years, and the prospect of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left, was really the best way for me to continue in public service at this time. And I know it’s not the only way for me to advance the ideals and causes that matter most to me.
"That is why I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in the upcoming special election.”
Brown was defeated in November by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He had won the seat in a special election in 2010.
A December 2012 WBUR poll, conducted by the MassINC Polling Group, had found that Brown would have been in a strong position for a special election. The poll found that 58 percent of respondents held a favorable view of the Republican, and he had leads of 18 percentage points and 27 percentage points, respectively, in hypothetical one-on-one match-ups against Markey and Lynch.
The Democratic and Republican primaries are scheduled for April 30 and the special election for June 25.
Gov. Deval Patrick has named William "Mo" Cowan, a former top aide, to fill the seat on an interim basis until the election.
-- Here's Brown's full statement:
That is why I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in the upcoming special election.
-- Lynch statement on Brown's decision:
I understand Scott Brown’s decision. He has basically been campaigning non-stop for three years. It’s perfectly understandable that he wouldn’t want to undertake another campaign. I wish all the best to Scott and his family.
-- Markey statement on Brown's decision:
I respect Scott Brown’s decision and know that he did what he thought was best for him and his family.
This race is about who will be the best voice for our families and our future here in Massachusetts. My record taking on the gun lobby, fighting against climate change, creating clean energy jobs, and standing up for middle class families is clear, and I want to bring this energy and passion to the U.S. Senate.
With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom
This article was originally published on February 01, 2013.