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Senator Scott Brown pauses as he addresses supporters during a campaign rally in Wakefield, Mass. on Nov. 1, 2012.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., has re-signed his contract as a contributor to Fox News, further adding to the speculation about whether or not he'll run for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire.
"Sen. Brown has renewed his contributor agreement with Fox News," Bill Shine, the network's executive vice president for programming said in a statement. "The previous year long agreement expired on Feb. 11 and was never terminated - this was purely administrative. We look forward to his continuing political analysis and insight across the network."
The announcement of Brown re-signing with Fox comes after the Boston Globe reported on Tuesday that the former senator was no longer under contract with the network.
Republicans have eyed Brown -- who lost his Senate seat in Massachusetts to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012 -- to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in next-door New Hampshire.
A GOP strategist monitoring the 2014 Senate contests argues not to read too much into Brown's decision to renew his Fox contract. "If he runs for Senate, he can opt out of contract or go on hiatus. He was a Fox news contributor yesterday, he is today," the strategist says.
That said, the clock is ticking for Brown. Election Day 2014 is less than nine months away (Nov. 4), the New Hampshire primary is less seven months away (Sept. 9) and the filing deadline is less than four months away (June 13).
First published February 19 2014, 9:27 AM
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