Sun January 20, 2013
Ashley Judd: Kentucky Needs a Fighter
Actress Ashley Judd says the "people of Kentucky need a fighter" when asked about a potential bid against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in 2014.
The Hollywood celebrity and activist has been flirting with a run for public office for months, and made the comments at the the Kentucky Society of Washington's Bluegrass Ball this weekend.
In a brief interview, Judd said there is no time frame for her decision but that she is taking a serious look at running.
"I am incredibly honored and frankly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support — that the people of Kentucky are interested in having me represent them is the greatest honor of my life so far, and I am certainly taking a close look at it,” Judd told POLITICO before The Kentucky Society of Washington’s Bluegrass Ball in Washington.
She continued: "The people of Kentucky need a fighter and certainly going back 10 generations I’ve got some fighters from those hills in my family and as soon as I know anything — after I’ve told the family members to whom I’ve made my promises that they’ll be the first to know — you will be up to date in real time."
A Public Policy Polling survey showed that Judd is the most popular choice amongst Kentucky Democrats, but some Democratic leaders such as House Speaker Greg Stumbo and State Auditor Edelen have voiced opposition to her candidacy.
As WHAS 11's Joe Arnold reported, McConnell was originally on the guest list at the Bluegrass Ball but did not attend. Instead, he returned to Kentucky for a speech to the Commerce Lexington's Public Policy Luncheon while his re-election campaign launched a statewide robo-call message vowing to block President Obama's gun control measures.
Judd—who currently lives in Tennessee—only trails McConnell by four points in the PPP survey. But as McConnell's re-election campaign has pointed out, the GOP leader is ahead by 20-point margin once voters are made aware of Judd's liberal views.