With John Kerry on deck to be sworn in as Secretary of State, Republican Scott Brown once again has a keen eye on the Massachusetts senate-in yet another special election. It was a mere three years ago that Brown won the senate seat in a heated special election after the untimely death of the late Senator Edward Kennedy.
Since that time, much has changed for the former senator. Browns voting record has proven that he is more moderate than expected. In the Senate, he compiled a voting record more moderate than his one-time tea party allies would have liked.
State Democrats say that if Scott Brown were to run, "The atmosphere would be completely different," said the state Democratic Party chairperson, John Walsh. He acknowledged making "unforgivable mistakes" by taking for granted the race in which Brown won the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat.
Republicans familiar with Browns strategies speculate that he will run, but said that his candidacy is in no way assured at this time. If Brown declines to run, there are other possible Republican candidates in the wings, including former Gov. William Weld, former gubernatorial candidate Charles Baker and recent congressional candidate Richard Tisei.
The date of the special election won't be announced until Kerry resigns upon his confirmation as secretary of state. State officials expect the special election as early as June.