March 11th, 2013
12:44 PM ET
1 year ago

Ashley Judd not decided on Senate race

(CNN) – Actress and activist Ashley Judd is "very serious" but hasn't made a decision yet about running for the U.S. Senate in 2014, according to a knowledgeable source.

A Democrat, Judd would challenge Sen. Mitch McConnell, the most powerful Republican in the upper chamber, for his seat in Kentucky. Judd spent part of her childhood in the Bluegrass State and went to the University of Kentucky.

A Huffington Post report on Saturday suggested that she was all but certain to run and plans to make her formal announcement in May around the Kentucky Derby.

Whether or not she's running, McConnell's campaign team and national Republicans have already gone on the offensive. Last month, it featured Judd in a web video that attacked Democrats in Kentucky for not yet fielding a serious candidate to challenge the Senate minority leader.

And when Judd spoke about public health issues at George Washington University earlier this month, a strategist at the National Republican Senatorial Committee took to Twitter to mock some of Judd's unusual comments at the event.

The actress has expressed interest in the seat and taken steps that would indicate a potential run–meeting with donors, setting up an email list on her website, boosting her profile in Kentucky. But Judd hasn't yet made any definitive statements.

The Huffington Post reported that Judd has also met with pollsters, media consultants and field organizers. And Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky has told reporters he believes she'll enter the ring at some point, though he says she hasn't told him of her plans.

Judd, who graduated from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 2010, has been active in public affairs, advocating policies aimed to target social welfare, public health and humanitarian issues.

She served as a surrogate for President Obama's campaigns in 2008 and 2012, and attended the Democratic National Committee in September as a delegate from Tennessee, where she's lived for years.


Filed under: Ashley Judd • Kentucky • Senate
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Guest

    Ashley Judd is a joke.

    March 11, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. muchthunder..little rain

    she would do better if she ran in california

    March 11, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Ashley Judd would bring some respect back to the state of Kentucky. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are an embarrassment to the citizens of the state!

    March 11, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    She so cute :-)

    March 11, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Guest wrote:

    Ashley Judd is a joke.
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    If some people are spending tens of thousands on negative ads against her, what does that make them?

    March 11, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Go for it ashley ,mc connel will go down in flames like romney did !!!!!

    March 11, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. BrianMemphis

    I'm sure she is worried that her liberal Hollywood whacko stuff doesn't play well with the regular folks of this fine state.

    March 11, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. MTATL67

    The joke here is the failure of McConnell. I hope she runs I am ready to donate to her campaign to oust that Obstructionist.

    March 11, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Can anyone ever recall anyone running campaign ads against a potential opponant who had not announced? Anyone?

    March 11, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. just askin

    Rudy NYC
    If some people are spending tens of thousands on negative ads against her, what does that make them?
    -–

    former obama campaign managers?

    March 11, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Dean

    Look out....from the same people that elected the likes of Nancy Pelosi.

    March 11, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. California Gary

    McConnell needs to go........and if Judd is the one that can dispatch him, then more power to her! Mitch and the boys are plenty worried as evidenced by the fact they are already attacking her.

    March 11, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    just askin

    Rudy NYC
    If some people are spending tens of thousands on negative ads against her, what does that make them?
    -–

    former obama campaign managers?
    **********
    Obama's ads worked: try Romney's former staff.

    March 11, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    just askin

    Rudy NYC
    If some people are spending tens of thousands on negative ads against her, what does that make them?
    -–

    former obama campaign managers?
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    And they've now been hired by McConnell and Karl Rove?

    March 11, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. walkshaunt

    Which state? KY or TN? She lives in TN now.

    March 11, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. walkshaunt

    Has she donated any of her wealth to the federal government for social welfare programs yet? No? Didn't expect her to as the Dems only want to take our wealth to redistribute!

    March 11, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Snootsuit

    I'd like to know one thing. Why would this person want to be the elected representative of a group of people, stupid enough to vote for the likes of McConnell? Most people sidestep, and try to avoid such cretins.

    March 11, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. JohnW

    If I was her, I'd just sit back and wait too. Why jump in when the Republicans are continually making fools of themselves based on the mere possibility of her running? The longer she waits, the dumber they look, and the easier the election is for her.

    March 11, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. June

    Oh – Please do! Easy pick'ns. I have not been able to find one piece of legislation even sponsored by McConnel. Perhaps I am mistaken – but is he not only the head of party of "No" but perhaps his the king of "done nothing" in his career as well.

    March 11, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    walkshaunt

    Has she donated any of her wealth to the federal government for social welfare programs yet? No? Didn't expect her to as the Dems only want to take our wealth to redistribute!
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    Has Paul Ryan Marco Rubio, or any conservative that one might name ever done so? Both of those guys have benefited from socal welfare programs.

    March 11, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Ind.

    This is a perfect example of how asinine the left really is.

    It's hilarious in a pathetic sort of way.

    March 11, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. The REAL Truth...

    Mitch "Our objective is to make Obama a one-term President" McConnell is running scared. How can a Party get away with running campaign ads against a person who has not declared candidacy. Perhaps the money should be given to the Feds to help pay down the deficit. Oh wait.. the Republicans DON'T CARE about spending money... as long as it's them that's doing it.

    March 11, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |