Kicks Off “Main Streets & Livings Rooms” Tour To Criss-Cross Granite State

Nashua – Scott Brown announced today that he was forming an exploratory committee for this fall's U.S. Senate race and embarking on a statewide “Main Streets & Living Rooms” tour to engage New Hampshire families on the issues that will decide the future direction of the state and country. At the top of the list of issues are the cancelled policies and limited options created by the new Obamacare law.

Brown made his announcement at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference. Earlier in the day, he met with a group of young people at St. Anselm's College.

“As I’ve traveled across New Hampshire during the last year, many people have come up to me and expressed concern about the direction of our country,” said Brown, who last year re-located full-time to the Rye home he has owned since 1993. “They believe the economy’s growing too slowly, they’re angry about Obamacare and they believe Washington isn’t working for anyone except the special interests and the insiders. Most importantly, they are worried that if we don’t make a change for the better, we risk leaving our kids a country with fewer opportunities than the ones we had growing up. I’ve been overwhelmed and humbled by the encouragement, which was expressed to me again today by the young people at St. Anselm's. That is why I am taking the step of announcing an exploratory committee. Over the next few weeks, I intend to meet with the people of New Hampshire where they live and work, to talk about what's on their mind and the best way to get the state and country on the right track."

A new web video featuring New Hampshire citizens talking about Scott Brown accompanied today's announcement. It can be viewed at

Brown also announced that Andy Leach, a lifelong Granite State native who has worked in the top echelon of New Hampshire GOP political circles for more than two decades and had developed deep grassroots connections throughout the state, will organize his exploratory efforts as a senior adviser. Leach is a former two-time executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, and has worked under Governor John H. Sununu, former U.S. Senator John E. Sununu, former U.S. Senator Gordon Humphrey and U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte.

“Andy is a seasoned and talented veteran of New Hampshire politics. I am grateful for his help, and look forward to him joining me in my statewide tour of main streets and living rooms across the Granite State,” added Brown.

Brown, 54, is married to his wife of 27 years, Gail Huff, a well-known TV journalist. They have two daughters: Ayla, 25, who is pursuing a country music career in Nashville, and Arianna, 23, who is studying to become a veterinarian. Brown is a 34 year veteran of the Army National Guard and holds the rank of colonel.

More details on day one of Brown’s “Main Streets & Living Rooms” tour to follow.