|U.S. Representative from Florida's 1st District|
From: January 3, 1995 – September 5, 2001
|Spouse(s)||Melanie Hinton (div.)|
Charles Joseph "Joe" Scarborough (born April 9, 1963) is a conservative-turned-liberal who hosts a show on MSNBC. He served as a Republican U.S. Representative from Florida's 1st congressional district from 1995 through 2001, before resigning to spend more time with his family. He went on to host MSNBC's Morning Joe and The Joe Scarborough Show on ABC Radio Network. Previously he hosted "Scarborough Country" in primetime on MSNBC. Since being on MSNBC, he has moved to the left on most issues including bashing Republicans and agreeing with most MSNBC liberal analysts/anchors. He claims to be a conservative on the show, often touting his supposed credentials within the GOP and the ACU rating he received while in Congress before he worked for MSNBC. He calls himself a conservative but frequently bashes conservative principles and people. His stance on gun control shifted drastically and now Scarborough is a firm supporter of new laws restricting gun ownership. To be fair, he is the most conservative host and most conservative MSNBC commentator. Nonetheless, he is at best a centrist and at worst a left-of-center host, but he is still not of the extreme left as other hosts such as Al Sharpton. He did, however, seem pleased when it was announced that liberals like Ed Schultz left the network.
Joe Scarborough was elected during Newt Gingrich's 1994 Republican Revolution and served on the Judiciary Committee and the Armed Services Committee. Like most freshman Republicans in the 104th Congress, Scarborough was a reliable conservative, earning a 95% rating from the American Conservative Union. After leaving Congress he joined the law firm of Beggs and Lane. In recent years Scarborough has been critical of conservative leaders such as Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, and Glenn Beck. "We have not been conservative as a party, we've been radical." His 2009 book The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise, which was highly promoted on left-leaning media outlets, was unsuccessful in book sales.
- Token conservative, term describing Scarborough and other media liberals posing as conservatives