Thursday January 3, 2013

BOSTON (AP) -- Ousted Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown hasn’t said whether he’ll run for John Kerry’s Senate seat, but he’s already taking a shot at a possible Democratic rival.

Brown, who lost his re-election battle last year to Elizabeth Warren, questioned how much time U.S. Rep. Edward Markey spends in Massachusetts.

Markey, whose congressional district includes his hometown of Malden, has said he’ll run for Kerry’s seat if Kerry is confirmed as U.S secretary of state, which is expected.

Brown said Wednesday that Democrats are making it tempting for him to run for office in Washington, D.C., again.

"You got Ed Markey: Does he even live here?" Brown said during an interview on WTKK-FM. "You’ve got to check the travel records. Now I’ve come back and forth every weekend, almost for three years, and I see, you know, most of the delegation. I have never seen Ed on the airplane, ever."

A Markey campaign aide said Markey has lived his entire life in Malden and is "proud to come from and represent the values of the people of Malden."

"Scott Brown has not yet announced that he is running for Senate, but he is already launching false, personal attacks from the sidelines," Markey spokeswoman Giselle Barry said in a statement.

Markey’s Malden home was owned by his parents and is where he grew up. He and his wife, Susan Blumenthal, bought it in 2001 following his father’s death.


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The couple also owns a home in Chevy Chase, Md.

Barry noted that Markey was on hand last month as Malden celebrated a decision by developers to build a minor league baseball park on a former gas plant site blocks from his house.

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson, a Democrat, also vouched for Markey in a statement, saying "he’s very much a presence in Malden" who can be found "at the YMCA shooting hoops, at our fabulous restaurants on Saturday nights, or at community events throughout the year."

Brown, who lives in Wrentham, also owns a home in Washington. His tax returns showed he owned five properties in 2011: homes in Massachusetts and Washington, a vacation home in New Hampshire and two rental condominiums in Boston.

The question of Markey’s residency isn’t new. It was most recently raised during the 2010 election by Markey’s Republican challenger, Woburn chiropractor Gerry Dembrowski, who failed to unseat him.

When Markey announced his candidacy, Kerry all but endorsed him, praising him as "one of the most experienced and capable legislators in the entire Congress."