Kids, be careful of posting embarrassing pictures on the Internet, because someday they'll come back to haunt you ... Scratch that. Even pictures taken way before Facebook have a funny way of resurfacing years later.
A naked centerfold picture taken 27 years ago of Massachusetts state Sen. Scott Brown, who recently announced a bid for Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat, is suddenly getting national exposure. The candidate, 50, a rising star in the local Republican Party, has a conservative résumé and an attractive family (wife Gail Huff is a Boston TV reporter; daughter Ayla was a top high school basketball star and semifinalist on "American Idol" in 2006).
Back in 1982, Brown was a law student at Boston College when he won Cosmopolitan magazine's "America's Sexiest Man" contest. The accompanying photos showed him shirtless in jeans, in tennis whites on the beach -- and in a fully nude pose with his hand strategically in place. It wasn't a big deal at the time: Brown modeled in college and used the cash prize from Cosmo to pay tuition.
Now the centerfold pops up every time the three-term state senator runs for office, reports the Boston Herald. Cosmo posted the picture on its Web site Tuesday, saying, "Compared to some men in the GOP, this politician looks pretty damn good for his age. We bet he still has an amazing body underneath his suit and tie." The magazine also offered a new campaign slogan: "Vote for Brown. He Has One Hell of a Stimulus Package."
"Scott's Cosmo photos seem to recirculate on the blogs every couple of years," Editor in Chief Kate White told us. "This time, we thought it would be fun to address it directly."
Brown's campaign downplayed the photo spread. "I must say, they are pretty tame pictures," wrote campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom in an e-mail. "I've seen more skin at an NFL halftime show."
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