Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks during a campaign rally in Boston, Mass., Nov. 4, 2012.
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Scott Brown’s move to New Hampshire is ‘strictly personal’

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Former Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown has made it official – he is moving to New Hampshire.

“Both Gail and I love Massachusetts and like many parents whose children have grown and are moving on with their own lives, we are making personal choices that will reflect our new lifestyle without the kids. My returning to New Hampshire is strictly personal. For those who have read my book, you know that my first home was in New Hampshire. My family and I have long and strong ties to the Granite State that go back many generations,” Brown said in a statement provided to WMUR.

Brown’s move has been rumored for some time, stoking speculation that he is considering a campaign against New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen next year. Shaheen overtook her 2002 challenger, John Sununu, in 2008 to become New Hampshire’s first female senator and the state’s first democratic senator in nearly three decades. Her term is up in November.

“I have nothing to announce with regard to my future political plans,” Brown added in the statement

But his arrival in the Granite State has attracted plenty of attention. Dozens of protesters rallied outside a state GOP holiday party Brown headlined Thursday, the Boston Globe reported, noting that liberals and conservatives stood side by side in the demonstration. 

Despite Brown’s hazy ambitions, the former senator launched the People’s Seat PAC in October to support candidates in New Hampshire.

Scott Brown's move to New Hampshire is 'strictly personal'

Updated