March 26th, 2010
07:52 PM ET
12 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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  1. snickerdoodle

    She'd make a wonderful Senator...she's bright, she does her homework, she CARES...but she does a lot more good doing what she does now. She keeps 'em honest. Keep it up Rachel...we love you!!

    March 26, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. cspurgeon

    Everyone thinks hes so good looking and I guess he is on the surface but he rminds me of Al Bundy. does anyone else see it?

    March 26, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Michae

    I would move to Massachusetts just to vote Rachel! Do it Rachel, Do it!

    March 26, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. geecee

    What I like about Rachel is that she doesn't LIE, she exposes the lies that are spread like wildfire every day by the conservative talkshow creeps and Fixed Noise Channel. She tells it like it is, and shows them for what they are, hateful, fearmongers who will do anything for ratings. Unfortunately, her ratings aren't nearly as high as those "entertainers" who get so much money for talking trash about everybody and everything Democrat, Obama or liberal and progressive. Rachel does a fine job of debunking the rumors, gossip, and slander coming from the right. She is a Stanford graduate and a Rhodes Scholar, she certainly could do a very credible job in Congress, but I think she is fine where she is. Someone needs to show these lying haters for what they really are.

    March 26, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. AKM

    What republicans law makers do and get pay by tax payers?
    Raise money, lie, waste money on wars, create faers, and say NO to anything that help ordinary Americans.

    March 26, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. ronalde

    when are people going to wake and stop being used,brown is a scumbag and i hope this backfires on him, his campain picked rachal because she is gay and is using this to scare the fools of mass.Into keeping a gay person out of office,rachael said she isn't running but brown said she is,what a pieceof work brown is,if the people can't see through this then they are stupid,this man just got into office and already he is campaining and he hasn't done anything yet.

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

    I love Rachel Maddow and watch her every night. Absolutely the best political commentary anywhere.

    March 26, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Donna-Las Vegas, NV

    Thank God for the wonderful Rachel Maddow, the voice of reason, who doesn't let those fools get away with their B.S. Intellect lives!

    March 26, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Glennis

    I don't know how anyone can even stand to look at that woman, much less listen to her tripe.

    March 26, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. Dan Coleman

    The democraps have enough hatred in DC already; they don't need Maddow to add to it.

    March 26, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. twilly

    Is there anything that Liberals don't do right? Everything in the world is the GOP's fault, correct? The global warming climate pattern always manages to follow a trend of liberal convenience. Do you get the point yet? Rachel Maddow is a joke. She's not even on the radar of anyone. She gets about 300,000 viewers a night compared to O'Reilly's 4,000,000. Yet, you still think Americans are on "your" side. Coastal elitism is ridiculous in this country. To put things in the most simple, possible logic, ask yourself this (and look it up if you don't believe me); what individual staes have the strongest economies right now? That would be Texas, Oklahoma, Alaska, etc. These are the reddest of red and most conservative states in the nation. Now, what states have the worst economies? California, Massachusetts, New York, etc. These are the bluest of blue and most liberal states in the nation. Health care is great, if it's affordable. Why do Liberals think you can just go to the Federal Reserve and print endless money? Your coddling of the less fortunate in this country, only enables them to believe things can be given to them at no price. You all think conservatives/GOP members are racist? There is nothing more racist than giving people a belief that they are better served by letting you all make their decisions for them. Now you all have to see the logic in everything I said and are threatened by it, to the point that you will have to retort by saying what a "right-wing extremist" I am. I fully anticipate any replies to have plenty of "George Bush," "Karl Rove," "Dick Cheney," etc. in them. But, if anyone can just have some common sense and try to present a real debate, I'd be happy to accept.

    March 26, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Dean

    We love you Rachel and wish your were running, You would kick all their butts

    March 26, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Hillary

    Go Scott Brown! It's the People's Seat!

    March 26, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. kathleen Hunter

    We can only thank the Lord above if Rachel Maddow does not run for senate. All we need is another bias, self-righteous, antagonistic person in the Senate.

    March 26, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Wake Up

    msnbc just got more thought about it then it does in a week. it like its parent NBC are a disgusting shell of what used to be a decent network.

    March 26, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Wake Up

    this dude maddow is just looking for pr. her opinions are funded by the american progressive (socialists) and are unclear, incorrect and anti-the constitution.

    doesn't msnbc WANT to get ratings? i suggest dumping maddow and her orner dorky uncle olberjerkoff

    March 26, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Caesar the Great

    Are there any real journalists left in this country?

    March 26, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Susan L.

    BREAKING: CNN Jumps the Shark!!!

    Wow, is your headline ever MISLEADING. We really are through the Looking Glass here. The Right Wing Media has gone off the rails on a Crazy Train!

    March 26, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Laurie

    She's very intelligent and thoughtful about her research and what comes out of her mouth. Mr. Brown, on the other hand, did not check the facts. And she is not lying about the fundraising e-mail. Mr. Brown has admitted to that. I guess he was falling in with lie, cover up, lie again technique utilized by Republicans.

    March 26, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. Lynn

    I think Rachel would make a great Senator, but she needs to stay where she is for now and expose all the lies the right puts out there. A previous person is right-she would tie pretty boy Brown into knots in a debate.

    March 26, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Realist

    Too bad that Rachel Maddow isn't running against, Brown. She would crush him, even in his leather hot shorts.

    March 26, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Dennis

    Any one but Madcow!

    March 26, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. Gloria

    If she did run, she would be much better than the current senator.

    March 26, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Dan A

    There you go Massachusetts-now you are beginning to see the real "Brown the Clown" you put in office!! Another sleazeball !!!! Boy did you ever blow that one and you will live to regret it !! I wish Maddow would run against him–she would mop the floor with him as she is ten times smarter than he ever could wish to be !!

    March 26, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    TWO wrong moves, that I'm aware of, let's not forget his Party vote on healthcare.

    But I gotta admit, you made me smile!!

    March 26, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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