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Outgoing Senator Scott Brown (R) hasn't even made it official that he will run for Senator John Kerry's (D) seat in the 2013 Special Election but if this isn't a clear indicator that he is looking to run again then I don't know what is:

Outgoing Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) expressed doubts about the Massachusetts residency of Senate candidate Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in a radio appearance Wednesday, sending a strong signal that he will challenge him in the special election that will occur if Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is confirmed as secretary of state.
"I’ll tell you what; They’re making it awfully tempting. You got Ed Markey: Does he even live here any more?" Brown said on the "Jim & Margery Show" on WTKK-FM, a local Boston radio station, when asked if he was going to run.

"You’ve got to check the travel records. I’ve come back and forth (from Washington to Boston) every weekend, almost, for three years, and I see, you know, most of the delegation, and I have never seen Ed on the airplane - ever," he said, according to The Boston Globe. - Huffington Post, 1/2/13

Sounds like fighting words to me.  Brown's farewell speech last month hinted at his possible comeback:

“As I’ve said many times before, victory and defeat is temporary,” he told colleagues. “Depending on what happens, and where we go, all of us, we may obviously meet again.” - Boston Globe, 12/12/12
Brown also said in his speech that he is concerned about the lack of bipartisanship in the U.S. Senate and is still trying to paint himself as the poster boy of bipartisanship.  Cue Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. NV) to call bull shit on that one:

"I saw during the campaign his plea for bipartisanship. That is a big joke. It's a travesty," Reid told reporters. "He was one of the most partisan people that's ever served here."

"He could have saved Citizens United," Reid said, referring to a bill that would have required corporations to disclose their independent-group spending on elections. "He could have been the 60th vote on that and many other things. So I don't need a lecture from him on bipartisanship. He should go look in the mirror." - Huffington Post, 11/14/12

I know what Scott Brown is trying to do.  He's trying to pull a play from this ass clown's playbook:
Those of you unfamiliar with Pennsylvania politics, allow me to explain.  Rick Santorum won his congressional race in 1990 by going after 8 term Democrat Doug Walgreen's residency.  Walgreen did not live in his own district but instead lived closer to D.C.  The Republican establishment had little faith in Santorum's chance of winning and barely poured any money into that race.  Santorum ended up pulling an upset victory and went on to represent the Pittsburgh suburbs in the U.S. House of Representatives.  However, flash forward to 2006 when Santorum ran for re-election where his own residency became the final nail in his coffin.  Santorum and his family lived in Virginia and abhorred the public school system but were to cheap to pay for their own kids' home schooling.  So they bought this small house in the Penn Hills district to claim residency so that the Penn Hills School District would fit the bill for his kids' online home schooling.  When the Penn Hills School District found out that the Santorum's were still living in Virginia, they demanded that the Santorums reimburse them.  Santorum of course told them to fuck off and little Ricky ended up losing to current Senator Bob Casey Jr. (D. PA) by a whopping 18%.  The highest margin for any Pennsylvania incumbent politician to lose by in Pennsylvania electoral history.

So Brown wants to channel Santorum by going after Markey's residency.  At first I was worried that Brown, who for some reason still has decent approval numbers, would be able to pull it off.  But then I read this segment and it made me feel better:

Markey, who has represented Massachusetts in the House of Representatives since 1976 and is the most senior member in the delegation, owns a home in Chevy Chase, Md., and his wife works as a doctor for the National Institutes of Health. He also owns his childhood home, which he purchased from his parents, in Malden, Mass., north of Boston.

His 2010 congressional opponent, Dr. Gerry Dembrowski, tried to make his residency into an issue in the campaign. Markey ended up winning the safely Democratic seat by a 66-33 margin. - Huffington Post, 1/2/13

Markey isn't Martha Coakley, no matter how much Scott Brown would like to make him out to be.  Markey can name current Red Sox players.  His own constituents refused to fall for that attack line.  Yes, Markey lives closer to D.C. but he has always represented his constituents and been a strong voice for the good people of Massachusetts in the House of Representatives.  Just read pistolSO's great diary about Markey and you will fall in love with the guy:

I feel good about Markey's candidacy.  So does Kerry, Vicki Kennedy and the DSCC.  While people were fretting about Kerry becoming SoS and leaving his seat open for a Brown comeback, I stayed calm and listened to what Harry Reid said:

"We feel very comfortable -- if, in fact, something does happen -- we feel comfortable about Massachusetts," Reid said. "I think that I've already told you how I feel about Scott Brown." - Huffington Post, 11/14/12
But since Brown is going to be a dick about this, I figured I'd help Markey fight back by passing along his fundraising email so when Brown stops pussy footing around and actually gets in this race, we'll be ready:
Dear friends,

I want to give you the big news personally: I am running for the United States Senate in the upcoming Massachusetts special election!

We cannot allow the Tea Party-controlled Republican Party to lead us off the fiscal cliff, or the NRA to block an assault weapons ban yet again. We cannot let the oil and coal industries dim our clean energy future, or extremists to restrict women’s rights or access to health care. Right now, I need your help.


We need 500 people to support our campaign by Friday at midnight to protect against any early attacks by the special interests. Can you make a contribution right now?


In just a few days, our campaign has already received an outpouring of support from across Massachusetts. Both Senator John Kerry and Vicki Kennedy have announced they are supporting our campaign.  And I have been humbled by the hundreds of people across the Commonwealth who have personally expressed their excitement to me.

But first, I need your help. Your strong support in the past helped me get here. But the deep-pocketed special interests will be lining up to defeat me and help Republicans in Washington advance their anti-middle class agenda.


Will you make a contribution to give my campaign the strong start it needs and reach its goal of 500 donors by midnight on Friday?


This is our moment. I would be honored for you join me in this fight to move the Commonwealth and nation forward.

Thank you. Best wishes for a safe and prosperous New Year!


Ed Markey

I'm all in for Markey's campaign and personally, I would love to see these two as a dynamic duo in the U.S. Senate:
FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2012 file photo, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., left, accompanied by then-Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, gestures as he speaks with reporters as she campaigned in Medford, Mass.  Markey said Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 that he plans to run for John Kerry's Senate seat if Kerry is confirmed by his fellow senators to become the nation's new secretary of state.    (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
So make a donation or sign up today to become part of Markey's winning grassroots team:

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:00 PM PST.

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  •  I just heard what's-his-name on The Cycle (2+ / 0-)
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    pistolSO, jennyp

    --The "Not-Toure" one--say that Brown should run for governor instead of Senator.

    He'll have a better chance of winning, where the leading candidate for governor is

    Martha  Coakley.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:09:45 PM PST

    •  If she chooses to run and if nominated... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...I'm pretty sure Brown won't face the same "Series of Unfortunate Events" that was the Coakley Campaign in that Special Election.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:56:10 PM PST

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    •  she won't win the D nomination (1+ / 0-)
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      "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."

      by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:22:21 PM PST

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    •  Capuano would make an excellent Guv (1+ / 0-)
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      I hope he runs - as the former Mayor of Somerville, he understands how to run an executive office.  Martha would be better than Scotty as Governor, but I don't think she would be as strong a candidate against Brown as Capuano.

      The wild card in both races would be former Gov. William Weld - Mass has a soft spot for Rockefeller Republicans - he would be a tougher candidate for either office than Brown.

  •  analogy doesn't work (0+ / 0-)

    In your analogy, Markey would be Santorum, who lost.
    Anyways it could be a good attack for Brown. Markey is probably not living in MA these days.

    Obama 2012...going to win it with our support!!!

    by mattinjersey on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:13:26 PM PST

  •  Yep. As I've said before, Scott Brown is TOAST (1+ / 0-)
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    The minute he enters the U.S. Senate race, he'll lose the election and become the George Allen for Massachusetts.

  •  Scotty will pimp for Big Oil's $ sooner (2+ / 0-)
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    pistolSO, jennyp
    "It's clear from multiple incidents that oil companies cannot currently drill safely in the foreboding conditions of the Arctic, and drilling expansion could prove disastrous for this sensitive environment," Rep. Ed Markey (D., Mass.) said in a statement

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:21:04 PM PST

  •  Scott Brown has no business going after Markey (6+ / 0-)

    on this issue. He is a member of the Maryland NOT Massachusetts National Guard and his wife was/is a newscaster on DC's ABC station. A "carpetbagger" Ed Markey is not.

    •  He always projects doesn't he (0+ / 0-)

      Did it several times with Warren. A few examples off the top of my head....when he tried to mislead about her work with legal clients she represented (asbestos case)-what about his legal clientelle during housing bubble? Never got a list at all despite being promised one and accused her of not giving one even though she gave a partial list). There was also his actors in her ads were paid...accusation bullshit, and accusations of her not being from the state even though he was born in Maine.

      LOL he is the gift that keeps on giving though. The guy is so full of himself, I am just in awe by his inability to just keep his mouth shut.

      I don't take him for granted...but just remember this is the guy that said Scalia is his favorite SCOTUS justice.

      The Plutocratic States of America, the best government the top 1% and corporations can buy. We are the 99%-OWS.

      by emal on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 05:05:39 PM PST

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  •  nice diary -- Bring on the Scott Brown beatdown (7+ / 0-)

    This made me laugh:

    But since Brown is going to be a dick about this...
    Um, when is he not? Seriously. It's his default setting for literally almost everything. Just like Santorum (nice connection with that old residency issue for Little Ricky, btw.)

    So as it turns out, Markey's house in Malden is not far from where I live. He votes in my precinct. Finally got to meet him (and his lovely wife) on Nov 6 while I poll checked for Elizabeth Warren. Very nice guy, stayed and chatted with all the poll workers.

    So what if Markey doesn't live in MA 24/7? Neither does Scottie. Neither do most of the delegation for crying out loud. If this is the best Scottie's got up his sleeve, wow is it gonna be a bumpy ride.

    Given the short calendar and need to raise a ton of $, I am all in for Markey and I absolutely do not mind the establishment closing ranks around him and offering total support. If this were a regular election, like the one Elizabeth just ran in, I would be very annoyed -- primaries are good. But this is not a normal situation, so different rules apply I think.

    Bring on the Scott Brown Beatdown 2.0! I look forward to volunteering for Markey and seeing him sworn in.

    One last thing -- he was really helpful to Warren and a hard worker on her behalf. I imagine that at some point she will enthusiastically endorse him and offer any and all assistance with volunteers and fundraising -- and that will be a huge boost.

    "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

    by abs0628 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:33:28 PM PST

  •  Please proceed, Senator. n/t (6+ / 0-)

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:39:41 PM PST

  •  We have to elections coming up (1+ / 0-)
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    For this seat, right?

    Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

    by MrAnon on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:40:30 PM PST

  •  I contributed! (1+ / 0-)
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    The day I read about the Vicki Kennedy and John Kerry comments, I immediately donated and got on the e-mail list.

     Ed Markey became my favorite Congressman the day Sherrod Brown went to the Senate.  He's humbly taken a backseat in Mass. due to the Kennedy/Kerry hold, and then I was upset that he didn't run when Martha Coakley did.  He's amassed a great progressive record and is knowledgeable and hard-working.  

    AND - btw - I HAVE run into him at Logan Airport - twice in fact - over a 1-yr. period in 2006 when I used to fly through there regularly.  So he does indeed fly back and forth between Mass. and DC.  He's also really nice in person and had a great working relationship w/ the Kennedy staff.

    •  Glad to hear! (0+ / 0-)

      Funny Stuff at

      by poopdogcomedy on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 02:11:32 PM PST

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    •  I'm glad to hear that! (0+ / 0-)

      I've only met Markey once in person; it didn't go well, and I came away feeling quite crushed, actually. I've been hoping to hear that he's usually nice, because I like his record, and I'd like to think we just had some sort of misunderstanding -- that seems likely, because it was a very odd exchange. I've signed up for his mailing list and intend to volunteer for his campaign, but I'm looking to hear more about the impression he's made on people who've met him, so that I can put my one encounter with him into some kind of context.

      He definitely is around Massachusetts --  for months now he's been doing public events in the Boston area to call for action on climate change.

      Please visit:

      by Noisy Democrat on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:42:14 PM PST

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  •  He's going for negative distractions *already*?! (3+ / 0-)
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    My God. His entire campaign against Elizabeth Warren was that she was a professor and allegedly not Native American, except that his staff also did the "tomahawk chop" thing to attack her for being Native American, so the messaging was a bit muddled there. Somehow I naively thought that on the next go-round, he'd try for, you know, some substance. Instead he's going for the same bag of ridiculous tricks as before, and he hasn't even officially joined the race yet? Sheesh.

    Please visit:

    by Noisy Democrat on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:34:02 PM PST

  •  Question... (0+ / 0-)

    Do you know where I can find the mailing address for his campaign? I don't use credit cards, only the old fashioned checks. ;)

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