WASHINGTON—Senator Scott Brown, in his first news conference since last week’s reelection loss, said it was premature for him to consider another political run, either for governor or the US Senate, even as speculation intensifies that his fellow Massachusetts senator, John Kerry, could ascend to a Cabinet post in a second Obama administration.
“First of all, it’s speculation. There is no vacancy that I’m aware of, and my biggest job right now is to make sure there is a smooth transition from my office to the senator-elect’s office,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. I’m not even thinking about it right now.”
Yet, his press conference had the unmistakable air that his political career was not over, as he struck the same theme of bipartisanship that he used during his re-election campaign.
Following his loss to Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren, there was already talk about Brown running for governor in two years as a successor to Governor Deval Patrick.
Both Kerry and Patrick are widely thought to be leading contenders for Cabinet posts in President Obama’s second term. Kerry is believed to be high on the list to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, although some news reports say Kerry may also be considered to head the Defense Department.
Patrick is said to be a leading contender for attorney general.
A vacancy in either job would be an opening for Brown’s return.
“I have a job to do right now. And there is not an opening right now for governor, nor is there an opening for senator. But there is an opening for a dad and husband,” Brown said after being pressed about his political future. “Life doesn’t end when you lose an election.”
During his press conference, Brown said he would continue to work on a way to avert a so-called fiscal cliff of expiring tax cuts and looming budget reductions that some analysts say could hurl the country back into recession.
Brown did not detail any potential solutions, but he said he would not support any increases to income tax rates, as some Democrats have proposed to do on the wealthy.