Ashley Judd Considering Kentucky Senate Run
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12/5/12 According to the EXAMINER.COM, "Ashley Judd is seriously considering a run for the Senate against Sen. Mitch McConnell, Politico reported Wednesday. McConnell is one of the most powerful Republicans, is up for a sixth term in 2014 and has tremendous financial backing. Judd has discussed a potential bid with a Democratic pollster and has begun to conduct opposition research on herself to see where she’s most vulnerable in the Bluegrass State.
Apparently she is ready for a fight because she’s reportedly also weighing whether to wait until 2016 to instead take on freshman Sen. Rand Paul, sources say. The strongest Democrats in the state may run for governor in 2015 rather than face the GOP leader’s machine in a bare-knuckle Senate bid. That’s why some Democrats are calling on Judd to run — she could raise a ton of cash, energize the base and would have significant name recognition in the state. Yet other Democrats are nervous about her prospective candidacy: She’d be pegged as a liberal, out of touch with conservative Kentucky; she has no experience running for office; and she now lives outside her home state. She is doing her homework talking to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) about the possibility of her running. “She is doing all the things that a serious candidate exploring a race should do,” Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) said after speaking with her. “I think there are a lot of people, and I was one of them, who wanted to let her know that her candidacy would be an exciting prospect for us. That’s what I wanted her to know. A lot of the labor unions, they were telling me that too.” "In the area of who's the most attractive, there's very little debate," joked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) The actress did not confirmed her intentions in a statement she issued earlier saying she was “very honored” by the consideration, but didn’t shut the door on a run either.
The Double Jeopardy star was one of many celebrity attendees at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina in September 2012 when she spoke as a Tennessee delegate, and she has previously admitted she was seriously considering swapping Hollywood for Washington, D.C. after receiving such overwhelming support from leading members of the party. "I do a lot in the U.S. with the Democrat Party at the county and national level and that may be the best use of me... but I'm just gonna listen to what people have to say and (decide) should I keep operating in the space I'm in or should I take the show to Washington? I don't know," Judd said.