Special election or gubernatorial race? Scott Brown keeping mum about political future

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WINCHESTER (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) Scott Brown is a major wild card in two big Massachusetts races, but he wasn't talking about his future political plans at an event on Saturday.

Reporters headed to a book signing in Winchester in hopes of asking Brown about his future. The former senator responded to FOX 25's Crystal Haynes with a quick, "no, I'm all set," when approached with a question.

Political analyists have been speculating that Brown could bypass a run in the special election for Sen. John Kerry's seat, should he be confirmed as secretary of state, and take his chances in a gubernatorial race.

Supporters in Winchester say he'd be qualified for either.

"I think it would be a shame if he stepped out of public life. He's a tremendous asset," says Amelia Moffie of Newton. "We need him particularly and we also need the other side represented."

Questions about the 2014 gubernatorial race began swirling on Friday after Lt. Gov. Tim Murray announced he would not run for governor, citing family reasons.

With Murray out of the picture, analysts say Treasurer Steve Grossman and Attorney General Martha Coakley are front runners in the race, but the Boston Herald reports that former Congressman Joe Kennedy II may run for governor. Other sources say his son, newly elected U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, could be a gubernatorial prospect.

If Brown runs for Senate, he can use the money he already had in his campaign war chest from the 2012 election. If he runs for governor, he cannot use that money and would have to begin raising funds for a 2014 race in Massachusetts.