Ashley Judd Decides Against Running for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky as a Democrat

by Colonel on March 27, 2013

Update: Ashley Judd has announced via Twitter that she will not run for Senate. “After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family,” she wrote. 

Actress Ashley Judd has decided not to pursue a bid for the Kentucky Senate race, according to two sources familiar with her decision.

Judd’s potential candidacy against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) drew national headlines. While she received encouragement from the likes of Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth, other Democrats in the state expressed apprehension about her candidacy.

Democratic Senate strategists have argued that Judd would be a good, if unconventional candidate, pointing to her ability to rival or even eclipse McConnell in fundraising.

” — Chris Cillizza, Copyright 2013 The Washington Post Company

“Karl Rove’s super PAC, American Crossroads, released an Web ad which attacked Judd’s support for Obama and brought attention to her Tennessee residency.  Team McConnell also seems to consider Judd a threat, releasing a three-minute ad targeting Judd and labeling her “Obama’s Kentucky Candidate.”

recent poll shows Judd trailing McConnell by nine points, but 2014 is still a long way off. Public Policy Polling called McConnell the most “unpopular senator in the country,” with a 55% disapproval rating.

” — Kathy Finkler, Copyright 2013 msnbc.com

“Sources told the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza “the timing just wasn’t right” for a Judd Senate run.

McConnell had appeared wary of a challenge from Judd.

With Judd out of the race, eyes will likely shift to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Politico reported in March that high-profile Democrats, including former President Bill Clinton, had been quietly attempting to woo Grimes into a Senate run, believing she’d pose a bigger threat to McConnell than Judd.

” — Copyright 2013 The HuffingtonPost.com

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