A high-profile MSNBC host is at the center of a new controversy for the cable news channel, with a GOP congressional candidate calling for the suspension of Chris Matthews’ “Hardball” while Matthews’ wife, Kathleen Matthews, is running for Congress, CNN reports.
The report quotes Aryeh Shudofsky, who is running in the GOP primary for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, saying: “Kathleen Matthews is a congressional candidate and is inappropriately benefiting from her husband’s position.” Shudofsky cited reports indicating that guests on “Hardball” had contributed to Kathleen Matthews’ campaign.
Kathleen Matthews is running in the Democratic primary for the same office.
A report surfaced last week on The Intercept in which the website says it has identified “48 frequent guests of Matthews’ program who have made donations to the Kathleen Matthews for Congress campaign. These individuals, their spouses, or their political action committees donated $79,050 as of December 31, 2015 — about 5 percent of the $1.5 million Matthews had raised as of that time.”
The Intercept notes that Chris Matthews announced his wife’s candidacy on his show last June. At that time, the story reports, “Matthews enthusiastically endorsed his wife’s candidacy, and vowed to ‘offer Kathleen whatever help I can.’”
The MSNBC host vowed transparency at the time, saying he would continue to disclose his relationship with the candidate.
“But Matthews, who has made glowing references to Kathleen on his show without mentioning her campaign, hasn’t uttered a word about the contributions his 62-year-old wife has received from his TV guests,” the New York Post reports, adding: “The revelation is another black eye for NBC, which bounced Brian Williams as anchor of the network news last year and dispatched him to MSNBC after he fabricated details of stories he covered.”