Fox News today terminated its contract with Scott Brown, yet another sign that the one-time Massachusetts senator is preparing to run for the US Senate in New Hampshire.
“Scott Brown’s contributor agreement was officially terminated today once he notified FOX News of his intention to form an exploratory committee to run for US Senate in New Hampshire,” Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming at Fox News, said in a statement.
Brown had been a paid contributor at the network since early last year, a position that allowed him to maintain a public profile and speak directly to conservatives after losing his Senate seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.
As Brown gears up for a run against Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, he will also be getting some help from American Crossroads, the SuperPAC affiliated with Karl Rove. The group said today that it is launching a $600,000 ad campaign against Shaheen in New Hampshire.
In addition, Brown has canceled his planned trip top Iowa next month, another sign he is giving up potential White House ambitions as he prepares for a New Hampshire run.
“He texted me his morning by 6 a.m., saying he’s going to run for the United States Senate in New Hampshire and won’t be able to come to Iowa,” said Tracee Knapp, a GOP activist in Ringgold County, Iowa, who had invited Brown to speak to a party gathering there on April 3.
“We’re pretty disappointed. We’re trying to scramble to come to get someone else to speak.”
Knapp said she wanted Brown to speak because she believed he might be a presidential candidate in 2016. “I had watched him on Fox News and he was available and willing to come and he’s kind of been the one who has been the dark horse in the race for president in 2016,” she said.Michael Levenson can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @mlevenson.