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

MSNBC host denies Senate run

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="'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. whaley41

    Who is Rachel Maddow? Never heard of her!

    March 26, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Scottyrw

    Brown and the Republicans SUCK! I hope Rechel runs and stomps him in the ground. It would serve him right for trying to con money out of people with lies!

    March 26, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Ann from Ohio

    Go Rachel!!! Go on your show every night and tell everyone what a liar he is. Same old GOP talking points only he likes to spread his driving his "Hee-Haw" pick-up truck.

    March 26, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Austin

    Eric, you are absolutely right. All those silly educational elites, with their silly books, wasting time educating themselves with silly education non-sense, could learn a thing or two from Palin. I mean, who needs to know there's a difference between North Korea and South Korea, anyways?

    March 26, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Unfair and Unbalanced

    Because Rachel has the best news show on TV, I turn on Fox quite frequently to hear the republican view. We need to be open minded to make all this work. Unfortunately, too often, fox newscasters are so eager to put down every breathe made by a Democrat, I cannot watch for long. Analysing the president's hand motions was a bit much, especially since i don't recall equal analysis of President Bush and his colleagues' hand motions. That's not Fair and Balanced.

    March 26, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Twilly, you entire post only proves that 3/4 of American's are quite content to go about their daily business every day, mindless of the ranting and raving of Cable News.

    We all sleep much better for it . . .

    March 26, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Darko

    hah, and Olberman is running for pres in 2012 and plans to appoint Chris mathews to the Supreme Court.

    March 26, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. fbythesea

    Ms Maddow, Stay where you are. You can be much more effective in the anchor chair to counter loonies like Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and Hammity clown.

    March 26, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. VA muscleboy


    And to the fascist idiots AKA conservatives....we know who Rachel is and we do care! The vast majority of Americans know her and admire her. As for Scott Brown......he'd do better in gay porn. Palin would be a great candidate for Hustler magazine...the cover! Ann Coulter should start her own porn magazine called "Chick with a Stick." Anyway I would buy Scott' video.

    March 26, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. fbythesea

    cspurgeon, do you mean TED Bundy??? LOL

    March 26, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. notfooledbydistractions

    There's never been any truth to this – Brown is just lying to his constituents to scam money from them.

    Keep 'em paranoid and keep those checks coming!

    March 26, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. Emma

    Rachel would make a great senator. You people who haven't heard her on MSNBC are missing a lot. She does her research, is very smart, and entertaining, too! Vive Rachel!

    March 26, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. tony


    You should run for sure A Cross betweenJesse Ventura, Barrack Obama and Hilary Clinton

    You would be the best and collest Senator ever!!!

    I live in CA,but i would move to MASS to vote for u!!!

    March 26, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. catmomtx

    Ms. Maddow received her degree in public policy from Stanford University in 1994. She was a Rhodes Scholar and attended Lincoln College in Oxford. She received her Doctorate in political science in 2001. All you have to do is google it.

    March 26, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. barry g

    Everything that can be said, has been said.
    You go girl!!

    March 26, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. fbythesea

    Austin, you're right, education doesn't seem to be high on your list. However, there is a world out there beyond our borders. Our actions have consequences. Our wasteful, aggressive and irresponsible ways over the past 8 years have contributed greatly to hurting the rest of this planet. How proud you must be. And the only thing to learn from Sarah Palin is to teach our daughters not to be quitters as she is. She has done absolutely NOTHING admirable. What at terrible role model for any young girl.

    March 26, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. NVa Native

    Rachel Maddow is smart, honest, and fair. Oh and did I say she's educated too! So the Repubs hate her, and the rest of us love her!

    March 26, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    It will be interesting for a lot of Americans who will follow this campaign,and they will to be sure, to actually see a relatively good looking woman who actually knows what's going on, day-to-day, in this country.

    I also doubt she'll be a palm writer, too!

    Something for Brown to ponder, too. As a regualr talk show host, she can focus on this guy whenever she wants and start the campaign early.

    So, Mr. Brown, be advised that........"every move you make, every vow you break, she'll be watching you!"

    March 26, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Tony M, Florida

    Just because you despise Liberals does not mean they are unqualified!

    Rachel Maddow is a brilliant, well educated young woman.

    That may be, and how many offices has she held. How many cities, states or other public offices? Oh Yeah "0" just what I thought another very qualified flaming liberal like Obama. It is stupid people like you that should have their voting priveledge taken away.

    March 26, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. nobill

    Maddow for Senate??
    Hell no.
    Run her for president!

    March 26, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. David S Callahan

    Ignorance and lack of education...the two factors that could/will kill off the American Empire. Go Rachel, keep setting the record straight. Battle those nincompoops!

    March 26, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Rosemarry

    I got new short name for the republican Party
    R R R C - Racist Rightwing Republican Crooks
    All good Republicans from Donald Regan has disappeard

    March 26, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. LouAz

    I would vote for her in a New York minute ! OOPS, wrong state, sorry.

    March 26, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. chav

    Austin are you serious?

    I hope you are kidding. If you are or your not your thought process is actually how people really are on both sides of the aisle. Most of you do not have a clue about anything.

    And Yes. I do have a clue.

    March 26, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Bobby

    GOOD for him.

    He would have lost.

    March 26, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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