Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., has raised the specter of MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow running against him in 2012.
While Maddow has denied she’s running, Brown says, “Bring her on.”
The brouhaha arose when Brown sent a fundraising Email Tuesday saying,
“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 who is that someone? “You're not going to believe who they are supposedly trying to recruit -- liberal MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow,” the e-mail says.
“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.”
Brown apparently was referring to a posting on Twitter from Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh that read, “Some are talking about you running vs Scott Brown in '12. I'm Chair of MA Dem Party.” He then left his contact information.
In addition, a Facebook page titled “Rachel Maddow for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts in 2012” reads:
“A group of citizens from Massachusetts think Rachel Maddow would make a strong and articulate candidate for the US Senate in 2012. This group is unaffiliated with, and not authorized by, Rachel Maddow.
“We're hoping to put this idea in her head, and create a buzz that Massachusetts needs a progressive voice, again, in the Senate, such as hers. We welcome all members, and our goal is to have 10,000 members by July 4.”
Maddow points out that the Twitter posting makes no reference to her, and she says the Facebook page was created as a joke by a friend of hers.
“Why didn’t they just call and ask me if it was true?” she asked on the air.
“I’m not running for office. I never said I would. Nobody has asked me. Scott Brown didn’t ask me if I was planning to run before he decided to write a fundraising letter using my name to raise money for him.”
Brown was asked about the controversy on Boston radio station WAAF Wednesday.
As for why he didn’t ask Maddow first, “I didn’t realize I had to,” the senator said. “We relied on the tweet from the Democratic state chairman, and blogs have been forceful.”
Brown says he will continue fighting hard on important issues. “And bring her on. I don't care."
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