Rachel Maddow is NOT planning to run against Scott Brown for his senate seat? What? In a fundraising email sent out yesterday, Brown says that "liberal MSNBC anchor" Maddow is being recruited by the "political machine in Massachusetts," but last night on her show, Maddow denied it. She denied it thoroughly, and with much good humor about being used as a scare tactic, as you can see in the clip below. "The fear of Rachel Maddow is what he's raising money on in Massachusetts," she says in the clip. "Massachusetts donors, open your wallets! Maddow's coming!"
The Brown email, which I've included in complete form after the jump, says that "the chairman of the state Democratic Party had apparently tried to reach out to her in an attempt to coax her into a race against me." The rumors of Maddow running are most likely the result of a 3700-plus member Facebook page called "Rachel Maddow for US Senator from Massachusetts in 2012," as well as a mysterious March 5 tweet by Mass. Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh that read "Some are talking about you running vs Scott Brown in '12." But Maddow says the Facebook page was created by a friend as a joke, noting, "There's a Facebook page for a lot of things."
"Why didn't they just call and ask me if it was true before sending out the fundraising letter?" Maddow asks about the Brown campaign, as if she doesn't know the answer.
It's only been a couple of months since I've been in office, and before I've even settled into my new job, the political machine in Massachusetts is looking for someone to run against me. And you're not going to believe who they are supposedly trying to recruit -- liberal MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow.
Rachel lives in western Massachusetts, and recently it was reported that the chairman of the state Democratic Party had apparently tried to reach out to her in an attempt to coax her into a race against me. You can read about it here.
The political season never ends, which is why I need your continued support. While my opponents strategize on how to defeat me in 2012, I'm going to continue to speak out against higher taxes, more spending and greater government control in our lives.
I relish being an independent voice in Washington, one that doesn't march in lockstep with the rest of the Washington crowd. The Democratic Party bosses in Massachusetts disagree. They want a rubberstamp who will vote for their plans to expand government, increase debt and raise taxes. Someone like Rachel Maddow. I'm sure she's a nice person -- I just don't think America can afford her liberal politics.
Rachel Maddow has a nightly platform to push her far-left agenda. What about you? I'd like to encourage ordinary American citizens concerned about the future of their country to get more involved in our government. I hope you were encouraged by my victory to become more politically active, maybe even become a candidate for office yourself. We can continue to push our movement forward by running for office, joining in rallies and petitions that challenge President Obama and Nancy Pelosi's healthcare legislation, supporting campaigns against the tax-and-spenders or by donating time and money to office-holders and candidates who will restore the principles of our founders.
I'm grateful you are with me. Thanks again for whatever support you can provide me, and I look forward to joining in further victories with you down the line.
United States Senator
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