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August 21, 2013

In this Jan. 19, 2012 file photo, then-Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., pumps his fist during his re-election campaign kick-off in Worcester, Mass. Brown saiud Wednesday, Aug. 21 that he won't run for governor of Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Scott Brown says he won't run for Mass. governor

The Associated Press

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. Edward Kennedy. He lost in 2012 to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.





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