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April 19, 2014

Kentucky: American Crossroads Ad Attacks Ashley Judd

Kentucky: American Crossroads Ad Attacks Ashley Judd

American Crossroads released an ad targeting Judd, a potential Kentucky Senate candidate. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The juggernaut Republican third-party group American Crossroads on Wednesday released a scathing attack ad hitting actress and potential Kentucky Senate candidate Ashley Judd.

Judd, a Democrat mulling a bid to take on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has been the target of GOP derision since her name first was floated late last year. But this appears to be the first time that derision has taken the form of a paid advertisement against her. It’s backed by $10,000 in digital advertising and will run for two weeks, a spokesman for American Crossroads said.

The one-minute ad is a sarcastic spot “in favor” of Judd.

It includes video clips of her saying that she is “committed to President Obama” and that “Tennessee is home.”

The male narrator in the ad says, “Her own grandmother says she’s a Hollywood liberal — but isn’t that what we need?”

“Ashley Judd: An Obama-following radical Hollywood liberal, who’s right at home in Tennessee,” the narrator says at the end of the ad. “I mean Kentucky.”

Steven Law, the president of American Crossroads, is a former chief of staff to McConnell.

Roll Call rates the Kentucky Senate race as Likely Republican.

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