Joe Scarborough

Biography

Joe Scarborough is an American cable news host, musician, and former congressman from Florida. He is currently the co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC with Mika Brzezinski, his spouse. He previously hosted Scarborough Country on the same network. Scarborough was previously a lawyer and a politician and served in the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001 as a Republican for the 1st district of Florida.

Scarborough was also a visiting fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was named in the 2011 Time 100 as one of the most influential people in the world.

Early life

Charles Joseph Scarborough was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Mary Joanna (née Clark). Similarly, George Francis Scarborough, a businessman; he has two siblings. Scarborough attended Pensacola Catholic High School in Pensacola, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Alabama in 1985 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1990. During this time he wrote music and produced CDs with his band, Dixon Mills, including the album Calling on Robert E. Lee, and he also coached football and taught high school.

Legal career

Scarborough was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1991, and practiced law in Pensacola. Moreover, Scarborough’s most high-profile case was briefly representing Michael F. Griffin, the killer of doctor David Gunn, in 1993. He made several court appearances representing Griffin, before removing himself from the case, later saying: “There was no way in hell I could sit in at a civil trial, let alone a capital trial,” referring to the prospect of prosecutors seeking the death penalty against Griffin.[11] Scarborough assisted Griffin in choosing other counsel from the many who offered their services, however, and helped shield the family from the media exposure, pro bono.

Scarborough’s political profile was also raised when he assisted with a petition drive, in late 1993, opposing a proposed 65 percent increase in the City of Pensacola’s property taxes.

Resignation

In May 2001, five months into his fourth term in Congress, Scarborough announced his intention to resign to spend more time with his children. Of his resignation, Scarborough said, “The realization has come home to me that they’re at a critical stage of their lives and I would rather be judged at the end of my life as a father than as a congressman.” A special election was held in October 2001 to replace Scarborough.

Conspiracy theory

On July 20, 2001, one of Scarborough’s aides, Lori Klausutis, was found dead from a head injury in his office in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The autopsy found that she had collapsed due to an undiagnosed heart condition and had struck her head. A theory that Scarborough was involved in the death and had left office as a result was promoted by such people as publisher Markos Moulitsas and filmmaker Michael Moore, who registered the domain name JoeScarboroughKilledHisIntern.com. Since 2017, as part of a war of words with Scarborough, Donald Trump has raised this debunked theory and called for another investigation.

Post-congressional politics

After leaving Congress, he joined the Levin Papantonio Law Firm as an environmental lawyer. And headed by the controversial and prominent trial lawyer Fred Levin. Moreover, he practiced law with the firm Beggs and Lane, the oldest firm in Florida. He was appointed to the President’s Council on the 21st Century Workforce in 2002.

In August 2005, Scarborough confirmed reports that he had been asked to consider a challenge to U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris. Similarly that was for the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Bill Nelson’s reelection bid. However, he announced later that month that he was renewing his contract with NBC. Scarborough said he was not likely to run. As he believes he can have more influence over public policy. And that was as the host of Morning Joe than as a U.S. senator. However, he has not ruled out a political career in the future.

Media career

Scarborough is the co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, which features interviews with top newsmakers and politicians and analysis of the day’s biggest stories. Previously, he hosted Scarborough Country, a primetime news show. He and Mika Brzezinski also briefly hosted a syndicated talk radio show called the Joe Scarborough Show on ABC Radio Network.

While still serving in Congress, Scarborough founded the free weekly Pensacola-area newspaper The Florida Sun in 1999. Similarly, in April 2003, he embarked upon a television career with the launch of Scarborough Country on MSNBC, until he began hosting Morning Joe full-time. Moreover, in an op-ed for The Washington Post in August 2016, Scarborough argued. And that was the Republican party must “dump Donald Trump” as their presidential candidate. At long last, Donald Trump has left the Republican Party few options. But to act decisively and get this political train wreck off the tracks before something terrible happens.”

Personal life

In 1986, Scarborough married Melanie Hinton. The couple had two sons and divorced in 1999. While interviewing Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in June 2005, Scarborough expressed concerns about the possibility that one of his sons may have suffered vaccine damage (See Thimerosal controversy). Scarborough said, “My son, born in 1991, has a slight form of autism called Asperger’s. When I was practicing law and also when I was in Congress, parents would constantly come to me and they would bring me videotapes of their children, and they were all around the age of my son or younger. So, something happened in 1989.”

In October 2001, Scarborough tied a knot to his second wife, Susan Waren, a former aide. And to Florida governor Jeb Bush and a former congressional committee staffer. Their daughter was born in August 2003; their son was born in May 2008. Scarborough and Waren were divorced in January 2013.

Scarborough currently resides in New Canaan, Connecticut, an affluent suburb near New York City. In early 2017 during a trip to Antibes, France, he became engaged to his co-host Mika Brzezinski. The couple tied a knot on November 24, 2018, in Washington D.C. in a ceremony officiated by U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings.

Overview

  • Full Name: Charles Joseph Scarborough
  • Date of Birth: April 9, 1963
  • Age: 57
  • Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
  • Political party: Independent (since 2017)
  • Other political: affiliations Republican (before 2017)
  • Spouse(s): Melanie Hinton (m since 1986, div. 1999), Susan Waren (m. 2001; div. 2013), Mika Brzezinski (m. 2018)
  • Residence: New Canaan, Connecticut, U.S.
  • Education: University of Alabama (BA), University of Florida (JD)
  • Children: Joey Scarborough, Katherine Clark Scarborough, Andrew Scarborough
  • Books: Mika and Joe: Our American Stories, etc.
  • Education: University of Florida Levin College of Law (1990), etc.
  • Net Worth: $25 million
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