Rachel Maddow to Sen. Scott Brown: Stop Smearing Me With ‘Made-Up Threat’
March 26, 2010
(ChattahBox)—There is a bizarre situation developing between MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow and the newly elected Republican Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown. The former nude Cosmo model and man of the people type guy with his beat up pickup truck, sent out a fundraising letter begging for cash to fend off his scary liberal senatorial challenger Rachel Maddow. She has “a nightly platform to push her far-left agenda,” Brown warned in his letter. But Maddow is not running for Senator against Brown and she announced that fact on her TV program. But strangely, Brown’s office refused to return her calls. And he also continued to insist that Maddow was running against him, during a radio interview. So, Maddow again denied on her show that she was a candidate and made a plea to Brown to appear on her show to clear up the issue. After no retraction or response from Brown’s office, Maddow took the unusual step of taking out a full page ad in the Boston Globe denouncing Brown for his sleazy fundraising tactics, to “make him think twice the next time he wants to smear one of his constituents to raise money out-of-state.”
Brown’s fundraising letter said about Maddow, “I’m sure she’s a nice person—I just don’t think America can afford her liberal politics.” The rumors of her fake senate run may have originated from a tweet by Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh, that did not even mention Maddow by name. And a Facebook page that was started, as a joke, to encourage Maddow, a Mass. resident, to run for senator.
“Why didn’t they just call and ask me if it was true before sending out the fundraising letter?” asked Maddow on her show.
Maddow’s Boston Globe ad pulls no punches. “Senator Scott Brown’s only been in DC seven weeks, but he already seems to be fitting right in with how conservatives operate there,” the ad says.
Read the full text of Maddow’s ad:
“Hi, I’m Rachel Maddow. I host a TV show on MSNBC. I also live in Western Massachusetts, in the beautiful hilltowns of Hampshire County.”
“This week, our new U.S. Senator, Scott Brown, sent a fundraising letter that says I’m running against him for Senate when he’s up for re-election in 2012.”
“I’m not running against Scott Brown. 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. No, really.”
“Senator Brown never even tried to find out if it was true, before using the made-up threat of me running against him, to try to scare donors into giving him more money. He sent the letter all around the country, to the out-of-state conservative activists who provided so much of the funding for his successful Senate campaign.”
“Do you remember when Mitt Romney ran for President after being our Governor and he went around the country insulting Massachusetts, talking about what an awful state we are? To have our new Senator raising money around the country by saying how terrible one of his Massachusetts constituents is, kind of feels the same way to me.”
“It’s standard now for conservatives to invent scary fake threats to run against — things like the made-up ‘death panels’ in health reform, or the fake controversy about the president’s birth certificate. Senator Scott Brown’s only been in DC seven weeks, but he already seems to be fitting right in with how conservatives operate there.”
“I’m running this ad not because I’m running against Scott Brown — I’m not, he made that up — but because he’s the Senator for all of us, and maybe this will make him think twice the next time he wants to smear one of his constituents to raise money out-of-state.”
“My show airs at 9PM Eastern in Massachusetts on MSNBC. So far, Scott Brown refuses to come on. Maybe he’ll change his mind — I hope he does.”