Boston Herald: Scott Brown for Governor?

Up until now, conventional wisdom in the Bay State held that Scott Brown (R-Tickle Me Grover) had first GOP dibs on the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by John Kerry (D-So Long, Suckers), while Good (Next) Time Charlie Baker had same on the 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial race.

Not so fast.

From Joe Battenfeld’s piece in today’s Boston Herald:

Scott BrownDems fear Scott may run for gov

While Democrats frantically try to block Scott Brown from going back to the U.S. Senate, there are also increasing fears he could pose an even bigger threat as the next Massachusetts governor.

Republicans close to the departing U.S. senator said he’s itching to go back to Washington to replace John Kerry, but Democrats are buzzing more about a potential Brown gubernatorial campaign in 2014. It may be tempting for Brown to run in a special election against a vulnerable Rep. Edward J. Markey, but he should reject the easy play and go for the job that really matters — running the state of Massachusetts.

“In the last week, there has been more speculation (about a Brown gubernatorial campaign),” one top Democratic strategist said. “He’d have a much better shot at (governor).”


Battenfeld says in a Senate race Democrats “will throw millions of dollars against him and use the same strategy they used last year for U.S. Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren, trying to tie him to national Republicans.” The gubernatorial race would be an easier one to win.

[I]f you were Scott Brown, who would you rather run against, Ed Markey and the entire Democratic Party, or state Treasurer Steve Grossman or Attorney General Martha Coakley?


Good question.

One last question: What does Charlie Baker think?

Battenfeld doesn’t say.

UPDATE: Gotta add today’s overcaffeinated Page One (via the Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages):



Love that feisty local tabloid.

10 Responses to Boston Herald: Scott Brown for Governor?

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  2. Dan Kennedy says:

    From the Herald’s point of view, governor is better than senator because it gives them two years of Brown instead of just a few months.

  3. Bob Gardner says:

    And from the Herald’s point of view, a “controversy” over which office to run for is good for a few more cover stories.
    But for Brown, running in a special election is his best option. And the Democrats have already signaled that keeping that seat for the Democrats is not that important. Otherwise they would have picked someone else to be Secretary of State.

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      I dunno, Bob – see this BoMag post:

      On 1/2/13 11:33 AM, “It's Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town”

      • Bob Gardner says:

        I checked out the Bomag post. Nate Silver says Brown is “no better than even money”. I agree with that, but that assessment is not incompatatible with what I said before.
        As for Duquette, nothing he said is very convincing. One special election is not exactly like another special election, but it’s closer than any other kind of election. Brown doesn’t have every advantage he had in 2010, but he has a lot of new advantages that should be obvious to any political scientist.

  4. Brent E. says:

    I just find it really amusing that the text “Frankenfish” is so prominent on the page. I almost thought they were calling Brown a frankenfish, which would be very un-Herald-like.

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