Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is leveraging Rachel Maddow’s non-existent run for Senate to raise money for his campaign. Maddow has unequivocally said that she’s not running but continued to have fun at Brown’s expense Thursday with a tongue-in-cheek campaign ad produced for the Massachusetts senator.
While the ad’s premise was an attack on Maddow, it actually took some shots at “creepy” Brown in the process.
“Far left wing pundit Rachel Maddow claims she’s not running for Senate in Massachusetts against Scott Brown,” the ad began.
In fact, Maddow has unambiguously confirmed that she’s not challenging the senator. “I have the best job in the world. I’m not running for office,” Maddow said Wednesday. “I made clear — on TV even — that I’m not running. I never said I was running. The Democratic Party in Massachusetts never asked me to run. I’m not running,” she said.
The attack ad wasn’t taking no for an answer. “How long do you intend to duck this issue?” the parody asked.
“Senator Scott Brown knows where he stands and he’s not afraid to follow up on any ridiculous wafer-thin internet rumor to raise money — I mean, to defend the people of Massachusetts,” the ad continued.
But Maddow wasn’t joking in a full-page advertisement that ran in Friday’s Boston Globe and Boston Herald.
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.
On her Wednesday show, Maddow personally phoned residents of Massachusetts. “I think he’s being a creep here,” she said.
This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast March 25, 2010.