After A Visit To Trump Tower, Scott Brown Says He's "Best Person" To Lead VA

Nov 21, 2016

Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown at a state Republican gathering in April 2015.
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Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, one of President-elect Donald Trump's most prominent local backers, is in the running to join Trump's cabinet as secretary for veterans affairs.

As Scott Brown left Trump Tower he told reporters his meeting with the President-elect was "great," and that he expects to hear if Trump has selected him to lead the VA after Thanksgiving.

"You know I think I'm the best person, but there are some tremendous people out there and I don't look at it as a competition. Anybody who takes that job and I believe it is the toughest job in the cabinet, because it has so many problems that and it is so visible, and that peoples’ lives are dependent on whether you do it right or do it wrong, as the president-elect said it's his top priority."

Brown was a member of the Massachusetts National Guard for 35 years. After he lost his 2012 senate race to Elizabeth Warren, Brown moved to NH and unsuccessfully challenged Jeanne Shaheen for her Senate seat in 2014. Brown hosted several GOP presidential candidates at events near his house in Rye during the primary before endorsing Trump in early February. At the time, Trump said Brown looked like a Vice President from central casting.