Is Rachel Maddow gunning for Scott Brown’s Senate seat? The Massachusetts Republican thinks she is. In a fundraising e-mail sent out Tuesday afternoon, he says the state’s Democratic Party is trying to get the MSNBC host to challenge him for his newly acquired Senate seat.
“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,” Brown writes. “And you’re not going to believe who they are supposedly trying to recruit—liberal MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow.”
His evidence appears to rest on a message sent out by Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman John Walsh on Twitter the same day a Facebook page supporting a Maddow bid went live. “Some are talking about you running vs. Scott Brown in ’12,” Walsh tweeted, and the Boston blog Universal Hub suggested the message could have been meant for Maddow. In three weeks, more than 3,000 people have joined the Facebook page dedicated to getting Maddow to run.