08/21/2013 09:35 pm ET Updated Aug 22, 2013

Scott Brown Will Not Run For Governor Of Massachusetts

Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) announced that he will not run for governor of Massachusetts on CBS Boston's NightSide Wednesday evening.

"I've decided, with my wife's blessing, that I will not be running for governor of Massachusetts in 2014," Brown said.

The former senator said he's been spreading his message around the country, working to create a "bigger party" so Republicans across the spectrum can find support within the party.

“From the most conservative to the most liberal republican if we are going to be an effective party we have to all have a voice," he said.

Brown thanked his supporters for their encouragement and patience in anticipating his formal announcement in a Facebook post on Wednesday evening.

He noted that he was spending the summer with his family for the first time in over 15 years, and that private sector job opportunities have been "fulfilling and exhilarating."

"These new opportunities have allowed me to grow personally and professionally," he said in his Facebook post. "I want to continue with that process."

Brown threw his support behind Charlie Baker, saying the 2010 gubernatorial candidate "would bring honesty and credibility back to the corner office."

This announcement comes only days after Brown told the Boston Herald that he was exploring a 2016 presidential run.

“I want to get an indication of whether there’s even an interest, in Massachusetts and throughout the country, if there’s room for a bi-partisan problem solver,” Brown said. "It’s 2013 -- I think it’s premature, but I am curious."

Read his full announcement below:


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