Looks like old habits die hard for former Sen. Scott Brown.
The former Massachusetts senator has been flirting with the idea of a Senate run in the neighboring state of New Hampshire, but on Thursday, he committed an “Oops!” when speaking to reporters in Londonderry, N.H., about his timetable for making a decision on a possible Senate bid in the Granite State.
“What I’ve heard from the Republicans up here is they’re thankful that I’ve been around for a year, helping them raise money, helping them raise awareness as to the issues that are affecting not only people here in Massachusetts — uh, in New Hampshire, but also in Massachusetts, obviously, in Maine.” Brown continued, “I’ve been to Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, I’ve been all over the New England area, certainly, talking and helping people raise money.”
American Bridge 21st Century, a progressive research and communications organization, published a video of the exchange on YouTube today.
Brown owns a home in Rye, N.H., and is working on cutting ties to his former state of residence. He put his home in Massachusetts up for sale in September.
The former Bay State senator does have roots in New Hampshire, and in the past he noted that he had been a taxpayer in the state for 20 years, where he and his wife have owned a summer home.
“I was born at the Navy base in Kittery, my grandparents lived in Newington and they’re buried in Portsmouth,” Brown said in a 2011 interview with the Portsmouth Herald. “I was going to Hoyt’s Cabins in Rye with my grandmother from when I was 6 years old.”
State mix up or not, Brown continues to remain coy about whether he will enter the 2014 New Hampshire Senate race, and continues to draw speculation because has more upcoming appearances in the state. On Dec. 19, he will be the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire Republican State Committee’s holiday luncheon.
It’s hoped that Brown will be able to embed the correct state, New Hampshire, into his repertoire by then.