They already had a lot in common.
They're both Republicans with service in the US Senate. Both advanced their careers by playing for the cameras. Both sought to cultivate a certain image by driving a pickup truck.
Now Scott Brown and former Tennessee senator and actor Fred Thompson have another thing in common: the same residence.
Massachusetts' newest senator is going to rent Thompson's six-room condo on Pennsylvania Avenue while Brown and his family look for a more permanent place to live.
Chez Fred, called the Residences at Market Square, is in a neighborhood of federal office buildings, including the National Archives and US Navy Memorial. It has an underground garage, though a Brown aide didn't know whether Brown will park his now-famous truck there.
Though the apartment isn't cheap -- it is assessed by the District of Columbia at more than $700,000 -- living there won't dent Brown's regular-guy image like if he had rented Thompson's other place: a massive brick mansion in Virginia worth millions.
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