Ashley Judd http://wfpl.org en Ashley Judd 'Ready to Fight' Beside Alison Lundergan Grimes in Race Against Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/ashley-judd-ready-fight-beside-alison-lundergan-grimes-race-against-mitch-mcconnell <p>FRANKFORT — Actress Ashley Judd says she's "ready to fight" beside Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state who announced Monday she would challenge U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election bid next year.</p><p>Judd, who had considered the race herself, showed her support for Grimes in a tweet Tuesday.</p><p>Judd, a former Kentucky resident now living in Tennessee, announced in March that she wouldn't run against McConnell. When Judd pulled out, Democratic leaders turned to Grimes as their candidate of choice.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 18:21:31 +0000 Associated Press 6004 at http://wfpl.org Ashley Judd 'Ready to Fight' Beside Alison Lundergan Grimes in Race Against Mitch McConnell Mother Jones Obtains Secret Tape of McConnell Campaign Strategy Session http://wfpl.org/post/mother-jones-obtains-secret-tape-mcconnell-campaign-strategy-session <p>A <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/04/mitch-mcconnell-ashley-judd-secret-tape-senate">secret audio recording of Senator Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign</a> reveals the Kentucky Republican's aides intended to target actress Ashley Judd's mental health and religious beliefs among other issues.</p><p>The news magazine <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/04/mcconnell-transcript"><em>Mother Jones</em> obtained audio of a private meeting between McConnell and aides</a> where much of the conversation focused on potential Democratic opponents.</p><p>In a 2011 memoir, "All That is Bitter and Sweet"&nbsp; <a href="http://www.today.com/id/42423047/ns/today-books/t/ashley-judd-details-bitter-sweet-memoir/#.UWQXQoInpk4">Judd recounted she had checked into rehab for depression</a> as an adult and once considered suicide as a child.</p><p>The leaked tapes reveal Judd's bouts with depression were considered fair game by the McConnell campaign.</p><p>"This sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced," an unknown McConnell aide says on the recording. "I mean it’s been documented. Jesse can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, she’s suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the '90s."</p><p>Listen: Tue, 09 Apr 2013 13:47:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4897 at http://wfpl.org Mother Jones Obtains Secret Tape of McConnell Campaign Strategy Session Noise and Notes: With Ashley Judd Out, Where Do Kentucky Democrats Go From Here? http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-ashley-judd-out-where-do-kentucky-democrats-go-here <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F86841556" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Now that Ashley Judd is out, Kentucky Democrats are scrambling for a legitimate contender to take on Republican Senator Mitch McConnell next year.</p><p>The speculation is on Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, whose every word is being examined.</p><p>But what if Grimes also forgoes a 2014 Senate bid?</p> Sun, 07 Apr 2013 21:02:46 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4878 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: With Ashley Judd Out, Where Do Kentucky Democrats Go From Here? Ashley Judd Adviser Says Kentucky Democrats Helped Push Her Out http://wfpl.org/post/ashley-judd-adviser-says-kentucky-democrats-helped-push-her-out <p>Former Kentucky treasurer Jonathan Miller is blaming fellow state Democrats for helping push actress Ashley Judd out of the upcoming U.S. Senate race.</p><p>Judd announced last week <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/ashley-judd-says-twitter-shes-not-running-us-senate">she is declining to run against Republican Mitch McConnell in 2014</a>, citing a need to focus on family. The speculation on other reasons why Judd isn't making a bid are plentiful, but supporters are speaking up.</p><p>In an editorial, Miller says a "dizzying blur of false testimony" promoted by a handful of Democratic consultants and strategists in national stories was part of the reason Judd declined.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/01/how-kentucky-democrats-duped-the-msm-and-helped-elbow-out-ashley-judd.html"><em>The Daily Beast</em></a>:</p><blockquote><p>While many may legitimately believe that (Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan) Grimes is the better candidate, many of those who have been quoted impugning Judd, or have done so on background, also have personal motives: some stand to profit from a Grimes campaign, some may have been trying to <a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/278977-kentucky-dems-not-sold-on-possible-judd-senate-run" target="_blank">redress perceived&nbsp;“disses”</a> by the actress, and some may be aiming to keep Grimes out of the 2015 gubernatorial race, where she could undermine their preferred candidates.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 16:45:58 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4772 at http://wfpl.org Ashley Judd Adviser Says Kentucky Democrats Helped Push Her Out Democrats Run 'Sweet 16' Style Radio Ad Against Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/democrats-run-sweet-16-style-radio-ad-against-mitch-mcconnell <p>The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is launching a basketball-themed radio ad targeting U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ahead of his beloved Louisville Cardinal's Sweet 16 game.</p><p>The spot begins airing Thursday and uses a faux play-by-play commentary describing how&nbsp; McConnell&nbsp; "scores for Washington special interests and himself" while blocking economic policies that would help Kentucky.</p><p>Listen:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hI-lUmkhHrE" width="480"></iframe> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:20:58 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4718 at http://wfpl.org Democrats Run 'Sweet 16' Style Radio Ad Against Mitch McConnell Ashley Judd Says on Twitter That She's Not Running for U.S. Senate http://wfpl.org/post/ashley-judd-says-twitter-shes-not-running-us-senate <p>Actress Ashley Judd is not running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky next year</p><p>The actress writes <a href="http://twitter.com/AshleyJudd">via Twitter:</a></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Dear Friends, Thank you for these months of remarkable support &amp; encouragement, for your voices, exhortations, &amp; prayers. I have decided.</p>— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) <a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyJudd/status/317020074353520640">March 27, 2013</a></blockquote><p></p><p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities &amp; energy at this time need to be focused on my family.</p>— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) <a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyJudd/status/317020489564430337">March 27, 2013</a></blockquote><p></p><p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate.I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months ~</p>— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) <a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyJudd/status/317020733744226304">March 27, 2013</a></blockquote><p></p><p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>~ who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people &amp; new leader.While that won't be me at this time, I will continue to work as ~</p>— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) <a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyJudd/status/317020965978664960">March 27, 2013</a></blockquote><p></p><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:22:46 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4710 at http://wfpl.org Ashley Judd Says on Twitter That She's Not Running for U.S. Senate Pros and Cons for Potential 2014 Mitch McConnell Challengers Judd, Grimes and Bevin http://wfpl.org/post/pros-and-cons-potential-2014-mitch-mcconnell-challengers-judd-grimes-and-bevin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentuckians&nbsp;have 590 days-plus before the 2014 general election, but already the political chatter is centered on potential challengers to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell—chiefly actress <a href="/term/ashley-judd">Ashley Judd </a>and her potential candidacy's supposed strengths and weaknesses.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Judd isn't the only possible candidate.</span></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:26:01 +0000 Kenny Colston 4580 at http://wfpl.org Pros and Cons for Potential 2014 Mitch McConnell Challengers Judd, Grimes and Bevin Potential Republican Challenger to Mitch McConnell Expanding Outreach to Kentucky Tea Party http://wfpl.org/post/potential-republican-challenger-mitch-mcconnell-expanding-outreach-kentucky-tea-party <p>A Louisville businessman exploring a Republican primary against U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is setting up meetings with Tea Party groups in Central Kentucky.</p><p></p><p>David Adams, a tea party activist from Central Kentucky, said he's planning to meet with&nbsp;Bevin&nbsp;next week in Lexington with other activists to familiarize themselves with Matt Bevin, the possible Republican Senate candidate and a Louisvillian who runs the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut-based&nbsp;Bevin&nbsp;Brothers Manufacturing.</span></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:00:15 +0000 Kenny Colston 4560 at http://wfpl.org Potential Republican Challenger to Mitch McConnell Expanding Outreach to Kentucky Tea Party Congressman John Yarmuth: Democrats Trying to ‘Sabotage’ Ashley Judd Are Making a Mistake http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-democrats-trying-sabotage-ashley-judd-are-making-mistake <p>Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth is defending actress Ashley Judd against fellow Democrats who he says will regret trying to "sabotage" the Hollywood star's candidacy against Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.</p><p>For weeks, state <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/ashley-judd-is-making-kentucky-democrats-nervous-20130312">Democratic consultants and donors have voiced caution</a>, arguing Judd is too liberal to win in Kentucky and could cost the party seats in the General Assembly. And national <a href="http://fatlip.leoweekly.com/2013/03/08/dscc-re-evaluating-judd-taking-second-look-at-grimes/">Democratic groups are reportedly having second thoughts about Judd</a> running in 2014 as well.</p><p>Yarmuth says those naysayers have often been wrong and haven’t presented a viable candidate of their own to take on the GOP leader, adding many should accept Judd is running.</p><p>"I absolutely think that some of the Democrats who are trying to sabotage an Ashley Judd campaign are making a very big mistake. There is no alternative to Ashley Judd right now. She is widely popular in Kentucky. She has generated an unprecedented excitement in the media both locally and across the country," he says. "And I think a lot of these people are going to be very embarrassed and have to eat a lot of crow when they have to support her—and they will aggressively support her—in the general election."</p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:38:16 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4468 at http://wfpl.org Congressman John Yarmuth: Democrats Trying to ‘Sabotage’ Ashley Judd Are Making a Mistake NRSC Slams Ashley Judd's Residency, Questions Kentucky Roots http://wfpl.org/post/nrsc-slams-ashley-judds-residency-questions-kentucky-roots <p>The National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee is mocking actress Ashley Judd's lack of residency in Kentucky as she considers a bid against Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.</p><p>In the faux fundraising e-mail, the <a href="http://www.nrsc.org/ashley-judd-fundraising/">NRSC asks potential donors to help Judd find a place to live in the Bluegrass state</a>.</p><p>"Ashley Judd needs your help. Despite the fact that she lives in Tennessee, Judd desperately wants to run for Senate in neighboring Kentucky," the e-mail reads. "I know what you're thinking: how can a person who has said 'Tennessee is home,' that San Francisco is 'my American city home' and that she 'winters in Scotland' run for Senate in Kentucky?"</p><p>Judd being a Tennessee resident and delegate at the 2012 Democratic National Convention has been a consistent point of attack for Republicans . Last month, Karl Rove's super PAC <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/karl-roves-super-pac-targets-ashley-judd-new-attack-ad">American Crossroads released an ad that pummeled her</a> with that point, among other things.</p><p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 16:53:25 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4400 at http://wfpl.org NRSC Slams Ashley Judd's Residency, Questions Kentucky Roots