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.
In the faux fundraising e-mail, the NRSC asks potential donors to help Judd find a place to live in the Bluegrass state.
“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?”
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 American Crossroads released an ad that pummeled her with that point, among other things.
In recent public appearances, Judd has emphasized her upbringing in eastern Kentucky and supporters often mention that Judd and her family still have roots in the state.
“What I say is her family has been in Kentucky at least eight generations. She grew up in Kentucky. She’s a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She’s UK’s number one basketball fan,” Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., a Judd supporter, told WFPL last month. “She is so closely identified with this state, she and her family that all of this stuff about carpetbagging will not stick to her. She’s just too firmly rooted in Kentucky.”
Judd has not formally declared her candidacy, but she has been courting state Democrats about a possible challenge to McConnell. But until Judd moves to Kentucky, her Tennessee residency will continue to be the subject of attacks.