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Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks with reporters at Mul's Diner in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. Brown may be the top Republican in Massachusetts, but ask the one-time tea party favorite about his political philosophy as he faces a tough re-election year and one word jumps out: bipartisan. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
I just threw up in my moth a little bit:

http://www.masslive.com/...

Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown told Fox 25 he could beat Congressman Ed Markey, who is currently running against Republican Gabriel Gomez in the June 25 special election for U.S. Senate. Brown looms large over both Democrats and Republicans in the run-up to the special election for the seat formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry, though he has kept a low-profile in the current campaign of his party-mate Gomez.

“Listen, I have obligations, obviously. I’m with Fox now,” said Brown, who joined the national TV network after his November 2012 loss to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, when asked why he hadn’t hit the trail for Gomez. “And I’m obviously here at Nixon Peabody, so I do have obligations, and when I can do things I’m happy to. But they have a different strategy, trying to do it and be his own person, and you know, show off what his credentials are and do it on their own.”

Brown boosted Gomez in a recent fundraising email. "A husband, father, and baseball coach with real world business and military experience, Gabriel Gomez will bring a fresh perspective to Washington," Brown wrote in his email. "Gabriel has big, bold ideas on how to break through the gridlock and get our government working for the people again." - State House News Services, 6/19/13

Really?  If he thinks he could beat Markey then why did he pass up the chance to challenge him now?  Polls showed he would've had a shot at beating Markey, despite having his ass handed to him by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA).  This could've been his opportunity at a come back but instead passed up this opportunity to go work with Joe Lieberman:

http://www.masslive.com/...

Jan 27, 2009 - Washington, DC, United States - Sen. JOSEPH I. LIEBERMAN  (Newscom TagID: zumawirewestphotos815386)     [Photo via Newscom]
Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has taken on a new public policy role, as honorary co-chair of a newly formed non-profit that advocates for a strong U.S. defense policy.

Brown, a Republican, will serve alongside former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut and former Democratic vice presidential nominee, as co-chair of the Bipartisan Coalition for American Security.

“I have always felt that we need to put our country’s interests first and challenge our leaders to be ‘Americans First’ and not focus on the partisanship and personal political interests over the problems of our country,” Brown said in a statement released by the coalition. “I look forward to working with Sen. Lieberman to continue our efforts to bring awareness to the issues of national security, terrorism, bi-partisanship, American values and freedom.”

Brown remains popular in the Bay State and has not ruled out running for office again. Political pundits have speculated that Brown could run for either governor or U.S. senator in 2014. His work with the national security group could boost his credentials on national security and defense policy, should he mount another run. - The Republican, 6/18/13

Sure, Brown could be waiting until 2014 to try and take out Markey or he could even run for Governor.  But Brown's name has been floated as a potential challenger to Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D. NH) if he moves to New Hampshire.  No doubt that Brown wants to stay in the limelight and the fact that he hasn't really done a lot to help Gabriel Gomez's campaign (R. MA) is a sign that he doesn't want to be associated with his party or a losing candidate right now because it could hurt his political future.  Brown is banking on voters short memory to help him launch a comeback bid but we Democrats and Progressives are not going to let that happen.  If Brown decides to make a come back next year, we will be ready.

In other news, Markey made a complete ass of Gomez at last night's final debate:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

One lengthy exchange was dedicated to the question of whether Gomez told Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that it’s time for him to call it a career in the Senate.

“Mr. Gomez, you just had John McCain in campaigning for you three weeks ago. Did you ask John McCain to leave the Senate?” Markey asked Gomez, in response to the Republican questioning whether his opponent believes members of Congress should be term-limited.

“Just to be frank, I did tell Sen. John McCain that he should be term-limited,” responded Gomez.

Markey shot back: “Mr. Gomez did not tell John McCain ‘this should be your last term. You should just be leaving right now.’ That never happened. That conversation did not happen.”

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said: “Senator McCain did discuss the issue of term limits with Gabriel Gomez when they campaigned together last month. They disagree on this particular issue, but agree on many others. Senator McCain believes that Gabriel Gomez represents the next generation of leadership that we need in the U.S. Senate.” - Washington Post, 6/18/13

Gomez's own polling shows him trailing Markey:

http://www.politico.com/...

Republican Gabriel Gomez’s internal polling shows him trailing Rep. Ed Markey (D) by 7 points, 47 percent to 40 percent, one week out from the Massachusetts special Senate election.

The campaign shared the poll Tuesday afternoon, hours ahead of the third and final debate, to push back on a Boston Globe poll published Sunday that showed Markey up 13 points.

By their own reckoning, Gomez needs the 12 percent of voters who remain undecided to break his way better than four-to-one in order to prevail.

“That said, there is strong evidence that undecided voters will break heavily for Gomez,” OnMessage Inc. pollster Wes Anderson noted in a memo to the campaign.
A majority of the undecided called themselves independent — 39 percent said they are moderate and 31 percent said they are conservative.

As pundits in Massachusetts and Washington increasingly write off Gomez, his strategists insist that victory is within reach.

“Gabriel is the underdog, but he remains in striking distance of pulling off a victory,” Gomez consultant Curt Anderson said in a separate memo. “Candidly, everyone at our firm is stunned by the closeness of this race. With the tonnage of negative advertising that [Rep.] Markey and all these outside interest groups have poured into Massachusetts, one would think Markey would be running in the clear at this point. But he’s not. It turns out that it really is hard to kill a Navy SEAL.” - Politico, 6/18/13

Regardless of polling numbers, voter turnout is still key here.  The Special Election is Tuesday, June 25th.  If you would like to get involved with the Markey campaign to help get voters to the polls, you can go here:
U.S. Senate candidate Ed Markey reacts with his wife, Susan Blumenthal, in Boston, Tuesday, April 30, 2013 as he celebrates winning the Democratic primary for the special U.S. Senate election. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
http://www.edmarkey.com/

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM PDT.

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