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Ashley Judd doesn't rule out run for U.S. Senate

By Roger Alford

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 10:40 a.m. HST, Nov 10, 2012


FRANKFORT, Ky. » Actress Ashley Judd isn't ruling out a run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

The former Kentuckian is an active supporter of Tennessee Democrats. She said in a statement Friday that she's honored to be mentioned as a potential candidate, but she sidestepped the question of whether she would get into the race.

"I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I'm very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let's focus on coming together to keep moving America's families, and especially our kids, forward," she said.

Judd lives in Tennessee and would have to re-establish a residence in Kentucky before she could challenge Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in his 2014 re-election bid.

No Democrats have stepped forward to challenge McConnell, a political powerhouse who already has $6.8 million in the bank for his re-election.

In 2008, McConnell won re-election to a fifth term and became Kentucky's longest serving senator. McConnell spent some $20 million on his last election, beating Democrat Bruce Lunsford, a wealthy Kentucky businessman, by 6 percentage points.

"Sen. McConnell and his wife are big fans of Ashley Judd's movies and appreciate her energy, especially when it comes to bringing young people into the political process," said McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton. He held his criticism for those who are pushing her candidacy.

Judd is a regular at University of Kentucky basketball games and the Kentucky Derby and has starred in such movies as "Kiss the Girls," ''Double Jeopardy," ''Where the Heart Is," and "High Crimes." She is married to three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti and is an annual spectator at the race.







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kainalu wrote:
If Judd were a man - everything exactly the same except her being a woman - she would smoke McConnell. Because she's a woman however, Kentucky isn't ready for that. Still mired in the '60s.
on November 9,2012 | 01:42PM
csdhawaii wrote:
I think her bigger problem with Kentucky voters is that she is an environmentalist. They don't like tree huggers because Kentucky has a very strong coal mining industry. That's why the state voted so red in this election...I think Romney got like 84% of the votes. They keep re-electing Mitch McConnell, and they also elected Tea Party darling Rand Paul recently, don't forget. They're part of the Bible belt and have become much more conservative than they were 20 years ago.
on November 9,2012 | 02:02PM
sailfish1 wrote:
It's time for McConnell to leave the Senate. Besides, Judd is 1000 times better looking.
on November 9,2012 | 02:30PM
NotNasti wrote:
"Besides, Judd is 1000 times better looking." That's an understatement.
on November 9,2012 | 02:44PM
frings wrote:
Timefor McConnell to "turn turtle".
on November 9,2012 | 04:48PM
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