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December 19. 2013 2:28PM

Former Sen. Scott Brown confirms move from Mass to NH

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown confirmed Thursday he is moving to New Hampshire, but he said he still has “nothing to announce” regarding a possible run for the U.S. Senate from the Granite State.

Brown confirmed numerous report this week that he was on the verge of officially relocating to Rye, where he has long owned a vacation home, now that he is selling his home in Wrentham, Mass. and now that his children “have grown and are moving on with their own lives.”

Brown, who is considering the possibility of running for the seat now held by Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, will make his 13th New Hampshire public appearance of 2013 tonight, when he appears at a state Republican Party fund-raiser in Nashua. Pro-Second Amendment groups plan to protest what they call Brown’s “anti-gun” positions.

Brown said he and his wife, Gail Huff, will eventually register to vote in Rye and obtain New Hampshire drivers licenses.

Huff told the Boston Herald on Wednesday, “We are living here now,” referring to the Rye home.

Brown’s full statement, which he emailed  to UnionLeader.com Thursday afternoon, follows:

“I have lived in Massachusetts for most of my life.  Gail and I have wonderful memories of our time here, including our marriage and the birth of our children.  For me, serving in many capacities as an elected official, most recently as the U.S. Senator for Massachusetts, has been the honor of a lifetime.

“Both Gail and I love Massachusetts and like many parents whose children have grown and are moving on with their own lives, we are making personal choices that will reflect our new lifestyle without the kids.  My returning to New Hampshire is strictly personal.  For those who have read my book, you know that my first home was in New Hampshire. My family and I have long and strong ties to the Granite State that go back many generations.
 
“I am looking forward to being close to my mom as she gets older and needs assistance from my sister and me.  I am also looking forward to being closer to my immediate and extended family.”

His statement continues, “Once we get settled, we will do what many other people have done upon moving into New Hampshire.  We will register to vote, get new licenses and enjoy the fact that there is no income or sales tax in New Hampshire.”

He added, “I have nothing to announce with regard to my future political plans.

“In conclusion, as long as we still root for the Patriots, Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox, I am a happy man.

“Merry Christmas and have a happy and safe New Year.”


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