Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown recently returned from a trip to the political battleground of Iowa over the weekend. Fueling speculation that he may in fact be eying a run for the presidency in 2016.
Brown, still licking his wounds after losing his Senate seat to democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012, wasn’t dismissive of the notion either. “I’m here, seeing if there’s any interest.”
Brown found himself at the famous Iowa State Fair, which has had numerous presidential hopefuls attend in past elections. The Des Moines Register spoke with Brown at the actual event. “I hate it when politicians show up at places right before an election and that’s it,” Brown told the Register. “It’s the only time you see them. I’m from the philosophy, you show up as much as you can throughout your cycle-“
The trip and Brown’s numerous interviews certainly indicate strong intentions to run, but as a candidate, Brown faces some unique challenges. The most oblivious of course is the loss of his Senate seat in 2012 may not be the best rally point for a presidential campaign.
He also faces a lot of criticism, being a former republican Senator in the very democratic state of Massachusetts. Brown has even been targeted even within his own party as not being conservative enough, with a track record as the second most bi-partisan Senator in 2011.
During his tenure he voted only 54% alongside the majority of the Republican party, and his stance on budget cuts found him at odds with many tea party republicans. Republicans who may become pivotal in the 2016 race.
However, the most bizarre development that could have an effect on his run comes from an unlikely source. Just this month Brown’s brother Bruce W. Brown was apprehend by law enforcement officials in Old Lyme, Conn. for impersonating both a Coast Guard official and TSA official. Bruce Brown was reportedly heavily armed and attempted to commandeer numerous vessels while on the water. Former senator Brown addressed the issue explaining his younger brother and he are not very close and he will need to answer for his actions.