Former U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) revealed Sunday he is considering a presidential bid in 2016. "I want to get an indication of whether there’s even an interest, in Massachusetts and throughout the country, if there’s room for a bi-partisan problem solver," Brown said at the Iowa state fair -- a familiar stop for presidential hopefuls.
Brown has been meeting with top Republicans and held a Fenway event for Republican National Committee members last week. Brown became a U.S. Senator after defeating Attorney General Martha Coakley in the 2010 special election in Massachusetts. He lost the seat to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in 2012.
Before serving as a U.S. Senator, Brown held positions in the Massachusetts General Assembly, first as a Massachusetts state Representative from 1998-2004, and then as a state Senator after that, from 2004-2010. After deciding not to run for Secretary of State John Kerry's vacant seat in February, Brown has become a contributor for Fox News.
So, how likely is Brown to actually throw his hat into the 2016 ring? As New York magazine points out, not very. The exposure and media attention potential presidential candidates receive could benefit Brown if he's eyeing a slightly less prominent office than the White House, like the Massachusetts governorship, or another Senate stint.
"It’s 2013, I think it’s premature, but I am curious," Brown said. "Over the next year or so, I’ll be coming out to speak to groups that want me to speak."
Sounds about right.
While you wait with baited breath for Brown to announce his next move, make sure to check out his ever profound Twitter feed.
And let's not forget his days as a centerfold. Always something to consider.