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  •  The real fun here (10+ / 0-)

    is that, the day before he announced he wasn't running, Brown pushed his preferred candidate to election as chair of the Mass. GOP.

    It was a tight race (39-39 before two earlier abstentions decided to vote for Brown's pick) and apparently he was working the phone telling Republicans here how much he needed her in charge of the state party during his Senate election. They are furious, to say the least, that he's not even running.

    Brown may have some pissed-off Republicans to contend with if he does try to run for Gov in 2014.

    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 07:04:52 AM PST

    •  I wonder what the back story is (5+ / 0-)

      Why was Brown pushing for that person as GOP chair if he knew he wasn't running? Did he change his mind about running after the night of drunken tweeting?

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      by Noisy Democrat on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 07:22:50 AM PST

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      •  Good question (6+ / 0-)

        Maybe because he plans to run for Governor in 2014 and wants her there. Maybe because he's done with electoral politics and took advantage of a chance to hook up a friend.

        Some speculation he changed his mind after the PPP poll showed him up only 3 on Markey, and the undecided were mostly Warren voters. Apparently he was quite pissed last year when, after leading Warren in the polls by a lot, the first poll came out showing a tight race.

        Others say he was leaning against it long before that poll. Four Senate runs in hostile territory in under 5 years would be a lot. And apparently he didn't like the actual job of a Senator that much. "Too much work."

        Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 08:19:53 AM PST

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        •  it does suck to be a moderate Rep right now (0+ / 0-)

          in the Senate from a blue state.

          I think Brown must have always felt split in two. What a stressful job with the people pulling you one way the party another. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. This is of course why, with this current extremist Repubican party, a state like MA really NEEDS to have two Dems in the Senate. It more accurately represents us...Brown paid the stressful price for being ideologically innapropriate for the job because the people elected him on an in the moment whim.

          Then he'd have to run yet again in two yrs. I can easily think that many would not want it workload or not.

          if it is the workload, then obviously he shouldn't want to be Governor either.

      •  he plans to run for Gov and he wants his person (2+ / 0-)
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        running things

        Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
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        by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 08:51:24 AM PST

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    •  Yes, Herald Article also ref'd chairman election (3+ / 0-)
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      as one of Brown's offences, as follows:

      on Friday he lost party loyalists by duping Republican State Committee members to vote for his candidate for chairman, Kirsten Hughes ... you cannot hurt the party with a divisive chairman’s fight and then bail the next day, undermining our chances of capturing a U.S. Senate seat that has not been open in 28 years.
      .. and the Herald article also had some crazy talk about Brown's attempts to maintain electability through a non-partisan profile in his very blue state.

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