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February 13, 2016

Kentucky: Judd Makes Rare Reference to Senate Race in Speech

Judd might run for Senate in Kentucky. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated: 4:29 p.m. | Actress Ashley Judd made a few rare references to her possible bid to challenge Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., during a speech in Cincinnati on Friday.

According to local FOX affiliate WXIX-TV, Judd mentioned the sizable campaign war chest that McConnell is expected to leverage during his re-election campaign next year. At a speech to the American Counseling Association, Judd joked that her mother, country singer Naomi Judd, wants to turn her garage into a campaign headquarters, according to the local report.

Kentucky Democrats are not sold on the actress making a credible challenge to the longtime GOP incumbent, partly because of positions she has previously taken on coal. McConnell also boasts a strong campaign apparatus and has already launched a six-figure TV ad buy for a spot featuring his wife.

National Democrats plan to target McConnell in 2014; it’s one of only a few offensive opportunities for the party next year. The only question is who will take on the minority leader.

A report in the Louisville Eccentric Observer earlier this month stated that Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes outperformed Judd against McConnell in a poll conducted for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Democrats have indicated Judd will make an announcement about a Senate run by early May. But she previously avoided the subject in public remarks, including an address to students at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on March 1.

Updated 4:29 p.m. | A Senate GOP source noted that Naomi Judd lives in Tennessee. This is particularly noteworthy as Republicans have already attacked Ashley Judd for living in Tennessee.

  • njudah

    The DSCC will screw this up like they usually do, so who cares?

  • NewsJet Magazine

    Darlin the Derby is coming up see you there, do not associate with these types I know your mother told you you better stay away from boy’s like that.

  • judgeglenda

    ashley you run i think you can win any way. forget the dscc

  • blacknightsc

    this is a very intelligent, educated, and good looking female native daughter of Kentucky that mcconnel will find difficult to defeat if the party of no status and agenda is adequately attacked.

    ashley Judd should mount a charm and intelligent commentary attack.

  • Wes Fly

    Ashley, Dearest,
    Please run!
    We get nothing out of Congress as it is. We the people should at least get some sexy
    entertainment, maybe with a whiff of scandal out of paying all the congressional bills! You would be an asset you party, a little cheese cake.

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