Run Scott Run!

Senator Scott Brown appears to be resisting efforts to coax him in to the senate special election. Just my luck.

It looks like Brown may actually have been paying attention to the real dynamics of Massachusetts senate contests, unlike virtually everyone in the chattering class. While a decision to take a pass on the special election and regroup for a 2014 run (for an office to be named later) is the smart move for Brown, it would be very unfortunate for those of us who study elections. This year’s special election will be the third of four elections for the US Senate in Massachusetts in less than five years. As case studies go, this is unbelievable, and as far as I know unprecedented. The comparability of the race would be better if Brown runs.

If he opts out, I’ll surely regret giving him good advice in this space, but how could I have known he’d pay attention to my perspective? Scott, all that stuff about becoming Charlie Brown and having the football pulled away at the end was just a joke. Come on pal, do a prof a favor and run. Pretty please.

About Jerold Duquette

Jerold Duquette is an associate professor of political science at Central Connecticut State University. He is the author of Regulating the National Pastime: Baseball and Antitrust and has published articles and book chapters on campaign finance reform, political parties, Massachusetts politics and political culture, public opinion, and political socialization. Professor Duquette lives in Longmeadow, MA with his wife and four children.
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