Brown praises Romney, says its time for new set of GOP leaders
CONCORD - Scott Brown says that on issue after issue "Mitt Romney was right."
And in an op-ed Monday afternoon on FoxNews.com, the former senator from Massachusetts and 2014 GOP senate nominee in New Hampshire added that "now it's time for a new set of Republican leaders to pick up where he left off and take the Republican Party's ideas directly to the American people."
Sources close to both Romney and Brown said the two men spoke Saturday, one day after Romney announced that he would not make a third bid for the White House. For three weeks, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee had made moves towards launching a presidential campaign.
Brown wrote that "It's our collective loss as a nation that he wasn't elected in 2012. I know I speak for many when I say I was excited about the prospect of a Romney 2016 candidacy and his vision for a stronger and more prosperous America and a safer, more stable world."
Romney served as political mentor to Brown, when Romney was serving as Massachusetts governor and Brown was a lawmaker in the state legislature.
"I've known Mitt for almost 15 years, dating back to our time together in Massachusetts politics. I've seen first-hand the traits that made him a world-class businesses man, savior of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, and a strong chief executive as governor of the Bay State. But I've also seen the side of him that others may be less familiar with: a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who puts his family's interests above all else," added Brown, in praising Romney.