Jan 9, 2015 3:45 PM
Paul Steinhauser: Scott Brown says he will have new 2016 role
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD - He's not running for the White House, but Scott Brown says he'll play a role in the 2016 presidential campaign.
The former Republican senator from Massachusetts, who moved to New Hampshire just over a year ago and nearly defeated Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in November's midterm election, met Friday with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who making serious moves towards launching a campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.
"It was interesting to listen to him and have the ability to ask questions," Brown told NH1.
Brown said he and his wife Gail were among around 20 people who attended a luncheon with Bush in Boston. Both men were in Massachusetts to attend Thursday's inauguration of GOP Gov. Charlie Baker.
Brown said he'll help some of the potential GOP White House hopefuls, such as Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (who also attended Baker's inauguration), and others, to connect with Republican activists in the first in the nation primary state.
"I've got a PAC and I'll play a role introducing a lot of these prospective candidates who would like to be introduced to, who would like to learn about New Hampshire, and meet people, whether that's through a town hall, whether it's through a breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or some type of gathering of their choosing," Brown said.
"It's an important state, obviously. They care deeply about what happens here. I just did a campaign. I know the state," Brown added. "I think it's appropriate and important if they ask for that type of help.
Brown, who said he's "just trying to facilitate information," added that "I've had many requests to help."
He said "some say hey ‘join my team'," while others have told him "can you introduce me to some folks who I should be in touch with."
Asked if he'll eventually back a presidential candidate in the primary process, Brown said "I'm going to endorse, absolutely."
But he added that "I'm going to hold off until much later in the process so I can become more informed."