Massachusetts Republican state Sen. Scott Brown, back in the day
Massachusetts Republican state Sen. Scott Brown, back in the day

Generally, it’s assumed that whoever wins the Democratic nomination to replace Ted Kennedy will win the seat.

Massachusetts hasn’t elected a Republican to the Senate since Edward Brook in 1972. No Republicans hold statewide office in Massachusetts and no Republicans serve in the U.S. House delegation. In the state legislature, known as the General Court, Republicans are badly outnumbered.

Despite the odds, Republican state Sen. Scott Brown has thrown his hat into the ring for the Republican nomination. Best known as the father of American Idol contestant Ayla Brown, the 50-year old lawmaker casts himself as a fiscal conservative.

No friend of the LGBT community, in 2007, he voted for an amendment to eliminate same-sex marriage in the state.

But the Boston Herald reports that in 1982 at age 22, Brown posed nude for Cosmo magazine after winning first place in a centerfold contest.

The magazine wrote, “He has the strong-but-huggable good looks most Cosmo girls are really searching for.”

“Scott appreciates women who are ‘tall, athletic, and have longish hair and beautiful legs…hmm, I’m getting excited!’” the magazine blurb continues.

The blurb explained that Brown’s 16-year old sister sent in his “just-in-jeans” picture without his knowing, “but this prince-next-door wasn’t too reserved about later posing nude.”

While he noted that the pictures resurface around every election, supporters of Democrat Martha Coakley, the state’s attorney general who was the first Democrat to file for Kennedy’s seat, wondered how opponents would handle a nude photo of their candidate.

— David Taffet (from various news sources)
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