Maddow to Brown: Wrong, “I’m not running”
Political commentator Rachel Maddow is used to having her say. This time she used a full-page ad in The Boston Globe.
The popular liberal TV host came out swinging on Friday against the new senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown, who has suggested in a fund-raising letter that Maddow will run against him in 2012.
“I’m not running against Scott Brown … It’s just not true. Honestly. I swear. No, really,” Maddow said in the ad.
Maddow, a Rhodes Scholar and the first openly gay anchor to host a prime-time news program in the United States, lives in Hampshire County in western Massachusetts.
“It’s standard now for conservatives to invent scary fake threats to run against,” Maddow said. “Senator Scott Brown’s only been in DC seven weeks, but he already seems to be fitting right in with how conservatives operate there.”
Maddow said the senator, who has declined to appear on her eponymous nightly show on MSNBC, did not try to verify rumors that she had been asked by the state Democratic Party to seek the seat held for almost 50 years by the late Senator Ted Kennedy.
“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,” Maddow said.
“Maybe this will make him think twice the next time he wants to smear one of his constituents to raise money out of state.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Brown after his ceremonial swearing-in Feb. 4)