Scott Brown Makes Unreasonable Demands for Conditions of Debating Elizabeth Warren
Rachel Maddow tonight explained that Scott Brown would only debate Elizabeth Warren if MSNBC doesn’t host the debate and – are you ready for this: if Ted Kennedy’s widow, Victoria Kennedy, doesn’t endorse a candidate!
Scott Brown’s Credibility Gap with Reality and Civility
Who the heck does Scott Brown think he is telling former Senator Ted Kennedy’s wife that she shouldn’t endorse anyone for the Senate seat that her husband held for decades?
The Boston Globe reported on 6/19/2012 that:
“Senator Scott Brown today rejected a debate proposed by Victoria Reggie Kennedy, after the widow of Senator Edward M. Kennedy refused his precondition that she not endorse a candidate in his reelection campaign against Democrat Elizabeth Warren.”
Victoria Kennedy said she would not agree to Brown’s demands that she remain neutral in exchange for his participation in a debate hosted by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston for the U.S. Senate.
A letter from Lisa McBirney, the CEO of the Kennedy Institute, and Christopher Hogan, chief of staff in the chancellor’s office at University of Massachusetts Boston to Brown and Warren stated:
“Given the goodwill and understanding of the nonpartisan mission of the institute that Senator Brown has thus far shown, it seems inconsistent that he would now attempt to restrict the activities of Mrs. Kennedy as a condition of accepting a debate that is co-sponsored by an organization with which she is affiliated.”
“This non-endorsement pledge is unprecedented and is not being required of any other persons or entities,” they wrote. “To us, such a pledge seems inappropriate when a non-media sponsor issues a debate invitation.”
Scott Brown Dictates Unreasonable Conditions for his Participation in a Debate with Elizabeth Warren
Scott Brown’s absurd conditions for debating Elizabeth Warren demonstrates that he really doesn’t want to debate her. Otherwise, he would have the courtesy to meet with her to schedule a debate, and he wouldn’t try to bar specific media from participating in the forum, or ask Senator Kennedy’s widow not to endorse anyone for her husband’s former U.S. Senate seat.