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February 2, 2013

GOP scrambles for Senate candidate

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The short election cycle will demand an accelerated schedule from anyone who is getting into the race.

“Nobody predicted that Scott was going to win last time. I think that certainly someone who has personal money, but also the proven ability to raise money will have a huge head start, but I think there are a lot of great themes that a moderate Republican can talk about. The economy’s still not that strong. I think we’re starting to see some of the impact of ObamaCare — the cost of it on our economy,” Swift said.

The following is the full text of Brown’s statement:

“Representing Massachusetts in the United States Senate was the greatest privilege of my life, an experience that takes second place only to my marriage to Gail and the birth of our daughters. It was a higher honor than I had ever expected, and in the time given to me I always tried to make the most of it.

When I was first sent to the Senate in early 2010, it wasn’t exactly welcome news for President Obama or many other Democrats. Yet, among my best memories from those three years in office are visits to the White House to see the President sign into law bills that I had sponsored. I left office last month on the best of terms with colleagues both Republican and Democrat. I had worked well with so many of them, regardless of party, to serve the public interest just as we are all supposed to. All of this was in keeping with the pledge I made at the beginning to do my own thinking and to speak for the independent spirit of our great state.

Over these past few weeks I have given serious thought about the possibility of running again, as events have created another vacancy requiring another special election. I have received a lot of encouragement from friends and supporters to become a candidate, and my competitive instincts were leading in the same direction.

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