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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. El Kababa

    I thought Brown might be a cut above the average right-wing Senator, but I guess he is just as sleazy as the rest of them.

    March 26, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Wow, what an upgrade for that Senate seat though.

    She serves the nation better in her current capacity anyway!

    Just another typical Republican't lie!!

    Will they ever stop??

    Don't bet on it!

    March 26, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Debby

    Thank goodness no one would vote for her anyway. She is so obnoxious on TV never running for anything.

    March 26, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Felonious Monk

    Pure sillyness

    March 26, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Crock

    typical GOP dirty tricks...who ARE the boneheads who follow these nitwits...?

    March 26, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. guest

    Another unethical republican moron. What do you expect from a party that doesnt have a program or in this case a clue

    March 26, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Jay

    Oh my, another Republican is caught lying? I thought that the "Karl Rove" tactic of "Lie, lie, lie until something sticks" was part and parcel of being Republican these days. Obscure, obstruct and lie, lie, lie - the new mantra of the "Gaggle of Pinheads" (GOP). Hey Republicans, try running on that platform and see how far it gets ya. Oh, that's right, you're ALL READY running on that platform. I'll even help you. Here's your bumper sticker: We lied about Iraq. We lied about Health Care. And now, to show you how much we love America, we're gonna lie, lie, lie some more. Grow up Republicans and stop acting like spoiled brats who lost a game of kickball. Get off your sorry, "Just Say No" lying asses and do something for the country. That or just get out of the way.

    March 26, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. JeffW

    UMMMM, He just said she was running against him so exactly how is that smearing her?? Is she saying her running for political office is a insult? I'm confused CNN.

    March 26, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. RCasson

    Good work Rachel! Brown is a joke!

    March 26, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Kelli Jo

    Why doesn't Brown pulling this surprise me? Oh, I remember now. Brown is a Republican! Lies, rumors and dirty tricks is the entire Republican playbook when running for public office.

    Use lies, threats and fear mongering. Feed into the lower elements fears with racists, homophobic and terrorist language to keep them in the fold.

    Does the Republican party have anyone with an ounce of integrity? Anyone? Sure doesn't look like it in the last couple of years.

    March 26, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Moderate

    Scott Brown and republicans in general make up these things all the time to fund raise. Look at how they tried to use Ed Shultz for the same reason. Fox went mad telling MSNBC they had to fire Ed because it wasn't fair he had a show to push his campaign, while forgetting Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin are guest speakers and both are seeking office actively. A bit of a double standard you see. By the way, Ed wasn't and isn't

    March 26, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. james

    Like anyone cares what this cow thinks. Go back to BSNBC and your 12 viewers.

    March 26, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Preco

    Brown will run against Rachel before Rachel runs against Brown
    What a pathetic whimp Brown is?

    March 26, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Larry

    I took a one cares!

    March 26, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. bjon

    Maddow, once again you have something to cry about. You should be glad you've been plucked out of nowhere to such a (made-up position). However, would you be good for elected office? Why yes, you can continue to make up things holding office as you do on the air.

    March 26, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. d-dub

    You go girl, its to bad your not running you would do a great job

    March 26, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Kitchen Police

    Miss Maddow is intellectually superior to Scott Brown. Brown is a lizard brain who thinks he can make campaign money attacking one of the finest ladies in "talk journalism." So I guess the question is, "Senator Brown, what have you done for the people of Massachusetts lately?" Brown responds, " I attacked a lady that's not running against me so I could raise money for my senatorial campaign."

    March 26, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Raj

    She is right about one thing. The thought of her running for office would scare almost anyone enough to give large amounts of money to Brown's next campaign.

    March 26, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Life Is Analog!

    Brown would beat him by a landslide.

    March 26, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. shan

    Rachel is too smart for the Senate. She can get more done on her television show.

    March 26, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Teresa L

    You go Rachel. I've always thought Scott Brown was slimey, and this just proves it!

    March 26, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. janetlaw

    Typical. Lieslieslies and fearfearfear of someone with ideas OTHER than yours? And, way to use a TOTAL falsehood for your scare tactics. Scary and hilarious at the same time!

    March 26, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Josh

    If the american people can't see how dispicable these republicans are they must be blind. This lunatic is creating people who are running against him just to get contributions from his far right wing nuts. Shame on this guy.

    March 26, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. janetlaw

    Oh...also, go Rachel!

    March 26, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. Marv

    Brown is just like the rest of the evil hateful Republicans their whole existence is built on lies nobody use to call them out bush lied about the war noone said anything. Rachel should have gone to his office and told him to his face that he was lying. You got to confront this terrible people.

    March 26, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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