Actress Ashley Judd Drops Her Bid for the KY Senate Seat
Matt | On 28, Mar 2013
Ashley Judd, an actress from the famous Judd country music family, will not embark on a political career in 2014.
The outspoken feminist, author, and activist announced via Twitter on Wednesday and her website that she would not run against Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the 2014 race.
“Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate. I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people & new leader. While that won’t be me at this time, I will continue to work as as hard as I can to ensure the needs of Kentucky families are met by returning this Senate seat to whom it rightfully belongs: the people & their needs, dreams, and great potential.” [SOURCE]
Though he will never admit it, the news is a welcome relief for Sen. McConnell, who serves as the body’s minority leader. His rigid opposition to anything that looks remotely positive for President Obama has not made him popular among more centrist (and obviously liberal) voters. His face has shown up in every unproductive debate about government shutdowns, raising the debt ceiling, and Congressional inaction.
Judd, however, would not have experienced a cakewalk into the halls of Congress had she stayed in the race. In a state like Kentucky, it would have been easy to cast her as the Hollywood outsider who has never served in public office. An article ran in Wednesday’s Washington Times, stating that Judd wasn’t yet even a resident of Kentucky. She has a home in Tennessee. Plus, McConnell would have loved to make an ass out of Judd because he’s a career politician who will do anything to win.
Democrats in the state are hopeful that someone else can step up to the plate and provide a real challenge to McConnell. The people of Kentucky need it.