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March 01. 2014 10:51PM

The blues for candidates: The ones not named Brown, that is

You've got to hand it to former Sen. Scott Brown. For the better part of a year, he's managed to keep the media producing endless "Will he or won't he?" stories about a potential run for U.S. Senate, almost without trying. Rarely has so much speculation gone on so long with so little concrete action to sustain it.

Did he renew his Fox News contract? Did his willingness to plunge into the frigid Atlantic have ulterior motives beyond supporting Special Olympics? Is there hidden meaning in his latest 140 character message from his newly geographically neutral Twitter handle?

The guy can't stop at Dunkin' Donuts without triggering a story about what it means for his future intentions.

Even world-class publicity magnets like the Kardashians or Justin Bieber would be impressed by Brown's ability to monopolize media attention on what is, so far, a non-candidacy. And incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen must be loving it: The less attention on her and her support for Obamacare, the better.

Three people who might be less entertained are Jim Rubens, Bob Smith and Karen Testerman. Those three Republicans have actually announced they are running for Senate.

One imagines they are having some difficulty nailing down commitments, endorsements, and donations with all the uncertainty about Brown's intentions. Certainly they are not getting one-tenth of the coverage Brown is getting.

To Brown's credit, he's not exactly been leading people along with too many coquettish glances and winks. But neither has he put an end to the speculation by issuing a definitive, Shermanesque statement about his intentions.

Out of fairness to the announced candidates and to the Republican Party, Brown is holding in stasis, that needs to happen at some point, and not just before the June filing deadline either. The candidates deserve a fair chance, as Lincoln once described it, with Brown either in the field or off it.


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