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. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This is the kind of welcome John McCain gave Scott Brown, "you're one of us now, play dirty, tell lies to smear as many people as you can. Scott Brown should have told John McCain, "no thanks, that's why you lost". Brown has the greatest opportunity of any Republican to embrace Democrats and Independents if he doesn't listen to the good old boys like McCain. Get smart Brown and just say NO to them.

    March 26, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |

    Being on MSNBC disqualifies you for running for anything.

    March 26, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Ferret out the BS

    Geeeze Rachel it sounds like you took the bait, hook, line, and sinker. You doth protest too much! The statement shouldn't even have been responded to, now you're really going to have people wondering perhaps even to become the great Democratic hope to restore Ted's seat back to the party.

    March 26, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Mike

    Who is Rachel?

    Does she have her own show????

    March 26, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Jquen

    Oh anti-education homophobe racists, thank you for spilling your vile filth on this thread. It’s a reminder to people why they should never, ever vote republican.
    We love you Rachel!

    March 26, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. rickster

    "can't believe that the Massachusetts Democratic Party would nominate this ultraliberal fool to challenge Scott Brown. This women does not have any brain or intelligence"– DR. Maddow has a ph.d. where is browns? for that matter Joseph where is yours?

    March 26, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. daniel

    Wow, the personal comments hurled against Rachel Maddow – calling her ugly, she isn't it all, and stupid, she's a Rhodes Scholar and incredibly bright - say some pretty gross stuff about the people insulting her. What are we. people, first graders hurling insults at each other, a la, "Oh, yeah, we'll you're ugly?" Grow the hell up. Spend some time with the average voter and maybe you too will begin to wonder about this thing called Democracy.

    March 26, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. J-Syxx

    Lou and David in Cincinatti, your'e proud of being sexists I guess. I feel sorry for your wives/gfs. Although, I doubt you actually have any.

    March 26, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Sleepless in NC

    How is Brown lying. He said tat "supposedly" she is being recruited. In fact, someone posted on a liberal blog that she was running. Perhaps it wasn's true, but why is repeating it a lie. Same repub bashers who cling to their "Bush lied us into war." What about the 24 Dems who stated on the floor of the Senate that Iraq definitely had WMD and the US must invade. Were they lying too?

    March 26, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. jane

    Well, I'd vote for Rachel any day over the male porn star!

    March 26, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Sonny

    So, Scott Brown is that insecure about his re-election in 2012 and he feels he has to launch a preemptive strike now?

    March 26, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. jp

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

    March 26, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Jean2

    I am so glad some one will call these poiiticians on thier statements. This kind of behavior by media personel maybe would help to turn toward true honesty.

    March 26, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Cyrus

    Those who are calling Rachel Maddow a "nobody" and making stupid comments about her gender, you should know that she is a Rhodes Scholar, very intelligent, an intellectual, and has a career to envy. Scott Brown is a nobody, not Rachel Maddow.

    March 26, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Stop taking my taxes

    haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa this dude is running?

    March 26, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. It has begun-

    Rachel is a partisan hack. We have plenty of those in Washington already and don't need more.

    Anyone that says she is "smart" & "intelligent" (idiots), just look at her ratings. If she was so smart, don't u think she have higher ratings? Or even know how to put together a decent show that can appeal to a broad base of viewers instead of coming of bias, shrill and a complete and utter moron!!

    You idiots are no different fr Rachel

    March 26, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. gt

    i wish she would run,,, she would get embrassed,,, she is a no body,,,

    March 26, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. VernisRobertson

    Why can't Republicans run a straight race without smearing the other candidate. If you thin that your better run on the issues not the negativity .

    March 26, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Jim

    I find it very interesting that someone considers the idea that they'd be a U.S. Senate candidate to be an insult to their state. I guess she doesn't like herself anymore than her enemies do.

    March 26, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Dick Cheney For President In 2012

    In the photograph that accompnies this story, is that a man or a woman?

    March 26, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Marty, FL

    Rachel Maddow happens to be a Rhode Scholar.

    Scott Brown sadly turns out to be another lying politician, who does not even have the courage to meet with Rachel after he claimed, "Bring her on." Pathetic.

    March 26, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. I am the Great and Sociopathic Wizard of Rush and I Say . . .

    Glad to see that Rachael is driving the limp-dicked rethugs crazy.

    March 26, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Richard L

    Close to 100% of the urban legend emails sent out by right-wingers contains blatant lies (Obama is a Muslim, Obama refuses to take the Pledge of Allegiance, right-wing comments falsely attributed to Jay Leno, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, Paul Harvey, Andy Rooney, Hugh Downs, Robin Williams,etc.) etc.. This is right in line.

    March 26, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. T.Brown

    Rachael is a Madcow! This woman? couldn't talk her way out of a nursery school agrument. She is just a plain angry liberal who cries after spilling her first emotional thought. She lies everyday for MSNBC.

    March 26, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Jim

    The bigots are alive and well. They hate everyone different than themselves. You Betcha!

    March 26, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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