By now we all know that Scott Brown, the Massachusetts state senator looking to fill Ted Kennedy’s federal seat, stripped down for Cosmopolitan magazine in 1982, where he was a “sexiest man” candidate. But little did we know that showing nearly everything in a national magazine was good for your campaign! As Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn describes it, Brown “is a hunk” and posing semi-nude “gave him a huge advantage in terms of public recognition.”

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