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March 12, 2013

Brown takes job with law firm

BOSTON — Former Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown announced yesterday he had landed a new job with an international law firm but did not rule out a future run for political office in Massachusetts.

Brown, who was defeated in his re-election bid last year and eschewed an opportunity to run in a special election this year to fill the Senate seat formerly held by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, will serve as counsel in the Boston office of Nixon Peabody LLP.

The firm said Brown would be involved in business and governmental affairs, with a focus on the financial services industry and commercial real estate.

Brown’s news conference was his first since he opted not to run in the June 25 Senate special election. He said he would not endorse or comment on any of the three Republicans running for the seat, but planned to play a role in the campaign after the April 30 primary.

Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, state Rep. Daniel Winslow and businessman Gabriel Gomez are seeking the Republican nomination. U.S. Reps. Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey are the Democratic candidates.

Of his own decision not to run, Brown said he believed he would have had a “better than reasonable chance of winning,” but did not relish the prospect of raising what he estimated to be $30 to $50 million in campaign funds for the race.

Brown is also viewed as a potential candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 2014.

“I’m not going to focus on my political future,” Brown said. “It was the greatest honor that I ever had to be a United States senator and represent the people of Massachusetts.”

“I’m not quite sure what the future holds,” he added.

In the meantime, Brown said Nixon Peabody would allow him the flexibility to continue as a commentator for Fox News Channel — a role he started last month — and make speaking engagements around the country.

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