March 26th, 2010
07:52 PM ET
5 years ago

MSNBC host denies Senate run

'I'm not running against Scott Brown,' Maddow wrote.
'I'm not running against Scott Brown,' Maddow wrote.

Washington (CNN) - An MSNBC host has taken a full page ad out Friday in The Boston Globe slamming Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts.

Rachel Maddow accuses the senator of making things up, and smearing her to raise money and, essentially, insulting Massachusetts.

In the ad, Maddow, who lives in Massachusetts, criticizes Brown for a fundraising e-mail that he sent out this week where he suggests she might challenge him in 2012.


"[B]efore I've even settled into my new job, the political machine in Massachusetts is looking for someone to run against me," Brown wrote supporters. "And you're not going to believe who they are supposedly trying to recruit – liberal MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow."

Brown's e-mail then takes a shot at the cable news host. "I just don't think America can afford her liberal policies," he said.

Brown cited an obscure Boston-area blog post from March 5 as the source of the Maddow rumors.

Firing back, Maddow wrote in her ad, which she also posted on her blog that Brown, "made that up."

"I'm not running against Scott Brown," Maddow wrote. "I never said I was running against Scott Brown. The Massachusetts Democratic Party never asked me to run against Scott Brown."

"It's just not true. Honestly. I swear." The cable news host added that Brown "never even tried to find out if it was true."

Instead, Maddow claimed Brown is smearing one of his constituents to "scare donors into giving him more money." Maddow said, to her, that feels like Brown is insulting Massachusetts.

Brown won his seat in a January special election to fill the remaining three years of the late Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy. But he must face voters again, in 2012, to win a full term.


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Michael M. Noonan

    Hope Brown is right. Maddow is the most tendentious thinker on television. She never surprises me–ever.

    March 26, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    mass voter who said:

    "...but when that shoe was on the right foot and the left was making all sorts of personal attacks on Sarah Palin i bet that Daniel just sat on his thumbs "
    --------------------------------

    WE ALL SAT ON OUR THUMBS because no one was personally attacking Sarah, per se, they were just stating the truth about Sarah. There is NO correlation between us calling Sarah an idiot (which EVERYONE knows she is including you, mass voter) and some IDIOT calling Rachel Maddow an idiot ( Rhodes Scholar mean anything to you). Let alone the despicable HOMOPHOBES making references to her sexuality. Your girl Sarah IMHO comes across as the hometown 'ho. High priced these days, but a 'ho none the less. Now see the difference? Opinion vs. FACTS.

    March 26, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    And she says Sarah Palin isn't qualified
    for public office ???????????????????

    March 26, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Lori in St Pete

    Nobody disparaging Rachel on this thread has ever even seen her show.

    March 26, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. shucks

    Brown the beauty Queen should meet Palin the beauty queen and they can both compare notes on their hands. LOL

    March 26, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Tina in NC

    I see the Republicans posting here have conveniently dodged the point. Brown lied! He used something that someone sent out of twitter, of all places, as his proof of her running against him. He was told that she wasn't running yet he refused to make any correction and then went on a radio show and lied again. Whether you are Democrat or a Republican you wouldn't want someone from either party using your name to raise money when what they are saying is NOT TRUE!

    March 26, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Michael M. Noonan

    MSNBC has the ratings of reruns of Mr. Ed. Who cares about Maddow, Matthews, and especially that egregiously stupid, plangent oad, Keith Oberman, he of the agricultural department of Cornell. What a joke of a network.

    March 26, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Unconcerned citizen

    Will she select her dad / look a like / mentor Oberman as her running mate?

    March 26, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Luke

    Maddow you have my vote.

    March 26, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. jeff jackson, alabama

    We have enough poeple full of hate
    in Wash. D.C. without this one being
    added to the trough.

    March 26, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    That's the "liberla media" alright...giving Scott Brown everything he could've hoped for and more by sensationalizing his obvoiusly fabricated claim. Kudos CNN. Next time, just write him a check and spare us having to read about his idiocy.

    March 26, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. cspurgeon

    Go Rachel....Take him on..

    March 26, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. RBakalar

    Facts:
    Maddow Education: A graduate of Castro Valley High School in Castro Valley, Maddow earned a degree in public policy from Stanford University in 1994.[13] At graduation she was awarded the John Gardner Fellowship. She was also the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship and began her postgraduate study in 1995 at Lincoln College, Oxford. In 2001, she completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree (DPhil) in politics from Oxford University.
    Palin Education: Palin attended Hawaii Pacific College in Hilo, Hawaii, in 1982 for a semester, where she majored in Business Administration, and transferred in 1983 to North Idaho College for the 1983-1984 school year. After winning a scholarship, she transferred to Matanuska-Susitna College in Alaska for one term before transferring back to the University of Idaho the following year where she finished out her college education and received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987, where she also minored in political science.

    March 26, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "You have got to be kidding!! Maddow is 10 times more UNqualified for public office than Palin ever was or is now."
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    I'm not sure whether you are commenting to add to the distraction of Brown's foolish behavior, or you are just trying to defend your pal Palin, but whichever it is, it's making YOU look even more foolish than Brown.

    The entire point of this article is that Rachel IS NOT running. Therefore, Brown is a liar.

    March 26, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. CF

    "You have got to be kidding!! Maddow is 10 times more UNqualified for public office than Palin ever was or is now."

    That's not the issue! Can you people even read?? She's not flippin' running! She's never said she;s running, she's clarified time and time again that she is not running. The whole thing was made up by Scott Brown in order to attack her and cause fear among his mindless supporters in an effort to raise money for his campaign. Nothing scares Republican followers more than a smart person who uses truth, facts, and logic.

    Lying Republicans and their dirty Republican tricks.

    March 26, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. jojomcgee

    The women is nastier and more corrupt than Barack Hussien Obama. And there is nothing CNN can do to alter that fact.

    March 26, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Realist

    As a new viewer of the Maddow show I have become very impressed with her. Now, I don't know about her PhD or her education background but she is intelligent so I wouldn't be surprised if she has a PhD or a is Rhodes Scholar. She is from watching her show a very nice lady. She can disagree with a quest but she does it with dignity and does not resort to "Politics of destruction" with her guest. I hope she continues on this dignified path and does continue to seek clarify facts from fiction. We need more honesty and open debate which is not possible on Fox network. Yes, I do sometimes watch Fox to see if they have grown up and within 5 minutes I change the channel.
    I am becoming a more comfortable with the Maddow show because of her honesty, her dignity and how she conducts herself. Do I agree with everything she say, no but its 95% that I agree. On the Fox channel its 1% I agree with and this usually happens only when they have a democrat on the show. Once the democrat leaves the show, I change the channel because the propaganda will surely start. Watch fox for more than 5 min and you will understand what I'm talking about.

    March 26, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. jojomcgee

    All Hail The Obama, Allah bless his holy Islamic name.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Brook

    Be afraid Scott Brown... be very afraid... What an unmitgated sissy! ROFLMAO!!!

    March 26, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Michael from Ventura

    Rachel is one of the most intelligent, savy, and street-wise women in the country! I watch her show every night...and she would make Scott Brown look like what he is---- a politician of the right who will say anything to get himself elected–true or not.She out-classes him in every way. I would LOVE for her to run for the Senate someday-It certainly would be an upgrade!

    March 26, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Dar

    Dominican mama 4 Obama March 26th, 2010 3:30 pm ET

    Scott you were doing great there at the beginning. Now you're just doing us.

    You must've gotten the infamous "memo" from your brown shirt leaders at the GOP.
    ______________________________________________________

    Boy o Boy Mama are you in a hateful mood today or what?
    One wrong move and now he is doing us???????
    I guess you are no better than the rest of the hate spewing Dems on here.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    March 26, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. CF

    "Rachel Maddow is the liberal equivalent of Rush Limbaugh, except Maddow is a moron. Who cares what she thinks"

    No, the difference is that she doesn't use hate speech, racism, or fear tactics. And everything she says is backed up with facts, not opinion and rhetoric. As for being a "moron," her educational acclaim has already been mentioned a number of times in the comments.

    March 26, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. MikeH

    CNN advertises this article with the line:

    "TV Host eyeing Senate run?"

    So how much did Scott Brown pay CNN for that lead-in, it seems to feed the lie that Scott Brown is hiding behind.

    I've notice that the more homophobe people are, the more uncertain and insecure they are about their own sexual orientation. Certainly seems to be a lot of insecure tea buggers posting here.

    That said, I think Rachel is very smart and eloquently presents a good argument against the right-wing wackadoodles, but I do wish she'd back off on her 'Gay Agenda' a bit, it detracts too much from her core messages.

    March 26, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Foster

    If she doesn't plan to run in 2012, maybe the MDP should draft her.

    March 26, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. David Marshall

    This is not a very even matchup. I have heard both Sen. Brown and Ms. Maddow speak recently. And if a campaign between the two began soon, Maddow would outclass her opponent with her intellect, quick wit, and thorough command of the issues. Also, the comparison to Sarah Palin only points out that writer's loyalties. Palin is adept at saying what her audience wants to hear, not what is an honest assessment of the issues. She is a lovely woman, by most accounts, who is heading for her rightful place in society: An outdoor themed show about her native state Alaska. She has no business in politics.

    March 26, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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