Ashley Judd cast as Hollywood liberal in new ad
February 6th, 2013
09:18 AM ET
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Ashley Judd cast as Hollywood liberal in new ad

(CNN) – She's not yet a candidate for any public office, but actress Ashley Judd already has an outside group creating an attack ad casting her as out of touch from her years in Hollywood.

The web spot, from American Crossroads, comes as Judd openly speculates about a 2014 run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, where she'd potentially be pitted against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. American Crossroads is the pro-Republican super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove. They said they were spending $10,000 to place the ad online.

"You know what this country really needs?" a sarcastic narrator begins. "An independent voice – for Obama."

Clips of Judd are dropped into the narration, including a soundbite of the actress saying, "I am committed to President Obama and Vice President Biden. He is a brilliant man. He is now able to flower more as the president I knew he could be."

The spot also pokes fun at Judd saying: "And it just clicked. Tennessee is home." The clip rewinds and plays again, with the word "Kentucky" dubbed over Judd's praise of neighboring Tennessee.

While Judd comes from a family with deep roots in Kentucky, she moved to Tennessee early in her career.

"Ashley Judd: an Obama following, radical Hollywood liberal who's right at home here in Tennessee. I mean Kentucky," the narrator says as the spot concludes.

While Judd has yet to officially announce that she's running for Senate in Kentucky, the contest is still more than a year away. She was an active supporter of President Barack Obama's during his re-election campaign, speaking at the Democratic National Convention, and taking part in inauguration celebrations in January.

At one of those celebrations, she told the Courier-Journal of Louisville that she was "taking a close look" at a Senate bid, but that she had yet to make a final decision.

"The people of Kentucky need a fighter," Judd told the newspaper on her way to the Kentucky Society of Washington's Bluegrass Ball. "And certainly going back 10 generations, I've got some fighters from those hills in my family."

Filed under: American Crossroads • Kentucky
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. rs

    It is nice to know Republican election plans are to be so predictable henceforth. Even before a candidate announces, their Rove-ian lie machine cranks up dispensing their alternative views on reality and fact. These people are desperate and crazed. Well- financed too, apparently.

    February 6, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. julie

    she has my vote and I do not even live in Tennesse..............anyone better then the creepy gravel mouth mcconnell

    February 6, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Pete

    Ms.Huff could learn allshe needs in only months about Kentucky and its crooked McConnell..It wouldn't be much for the well liked,established actress to bring down the ole bullfaced McConnell who's been struggling lately after repeated attempts to look intelligent and basicly screwing up publicly against the president and his policies...McConnell is done and its time for Kentucky to rid themselves of the ole racist white trailer trash types which he himself represents...Move on Kentucky your state needs new ideas and Ms Judd is the one that can help you there not the ole senile McConnell...She's definitly not for the money like McConnell I assure you!!

    February 6, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Canuck

    To all conservatives who STILL think that calling someone a 'liberal' is a slur – your side lost and is losing... get over it.

    February 6, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    "Ashley Judd: an Obama following, radical Hollywood liberal who's right at home here in Tennessee. I mean Kentucky," the narrator says as the spot concludes.

    well bust my ad calling someone "radical and liberal." I be guessing that them country mountain folk in Kentucky wouldn't cotten to no librul. Only good old god-fearing, gun totin', gay hatin' real 'Murkins deserve to be elected

    February 6, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Dave

    Rove must be nervous enough to think that Ashley could very well topple Mitch.

    February 6, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. nothing new here

    'Deliverance' all over again.
    Keep that family feud alive.

    February 6, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Who knew? Being from Hollywood or a liberal is immoral. Being both is blasphemous? It's all the result of years of political spin and brain training by the hard right. However, the day is already dawning when the shoe will be on the other foot and it is not going to be the result of political spin, either. The day is already dawning for "tea party conservative" to be synonomous with delusional nut job.

    February 6, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Wow...someone needs to pick up Baby McConnell and give his little bottom a sniff...methinks he's soiled himself.

    February 6, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Puddin

    Ashley, You go girl! If the opposition is already putting up $10,000 negative ads about you, you know you've got them worried. If anyone needs to be replaced in Congress, it is Mitch McConnell! He's an absolute jerk because of the way he has held the country hostage after Obama won the presidency. It does not matter to him, Boehner or Cantor that so many people are suffering. So run to replace him; Kentucky needs you.

    February 6, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. jonny

    Karl Rove is the biggest gift for Democrats..

    February 6, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. The NRA is a T e r r o r i st organisation....Arming Mentally Unbalanced People to Kill Innocent Children

    Karl Rove....the toady froggy idipt without shame! It's time to pick on more women....this is the new GOP Eric Cantor was talking about!!!!

    February 6, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "She's not yet a candidate for any public office"

    "Judd has yet to officially announce that she's running for Senate "

    "the contest is still more than a year away"

    So now, the GOP/Teatrolls are so scared of their slipping hold on power and their impendin demographich armageddon that THEY ARE PRE-EMPTIVELY ATTACKING A PRIVATE CITIZEN WHO HAS NOT EVEN STARTED RUNNING FOR OFFICE? Solely on the basis of her having supported a particular candidate? This is pathetic, sets dangerous precedent, should not be found even remotely acceptable on a political or in terms of societal mores, might be a violation of her rights and shows just how unhinged, scared, angry and downright BELIGERENT the radicalized right wing conservative nutjobs have become. SHAME SHAME SHAME.

    February 6, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Randy, San Francisco

    Don't cout Judd out if McConnell is defeated by a Tea Party extremist in the primary.

    February 6, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Judd is a Dem socialist liberal, who would NOT represent the core values of decent Americans.

    February 6, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Larry L

    The folks in Tennessee need to move towards the future. Mitch McConnell is exactly the wrong leader for America – mirede down in cheap politics and sleazy obstructionism. He filibustered a proposal he had just proposed! What could better define this political weasel. He dedicated the last four years to hurting America's progress so his political party could make political gains. He doesn't give a crap for the middle-class of our country – serving instead as a lap dog for the uber-rich. Tenessee needs to throw-off the ignorant hillbilly mantle and step into the modern world.

    February 6, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    I think a whole lot of folks on the right have been hoodwinked. You've been fed solipsism believing it was conservatism. All of this emphasis oneself by consuming the weak around you is pure evil, not mention insane, folks

    February 6, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. brian in denver

    Didn't the November contest demonstrate that the Super Pacs can't buy an election? If Karl & his cronies want to waste more funds, I invite them to throw some my way.

    February 6, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Sniffit

    She hasn't even stepped into the ring...hasn't even taken the first step towards the ring even...and the Teatrolls are still running around trying to punch her in the mouth because they're so frightened of the mere possibility that she will run. Newsflash: she's not a candidate...she's a private citizen....and the bell shouldn't get rung until both people are in the ring. PATHETIC COWARDS.

    February 6, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. ART

    Mitch McConnell needs to be out of any public office, he already looks like a walking corpse and I think Ashley would be a fine replacement. Out with the old in with the new.

    February 6, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Sniffit

    And McConnell will no doubt try to distance himself from this attack ona private citizen who is not even running for office yet by lying to us: "When I saw the ad, my jaw just dropped...I couldn't believe Karl was issuing pre-emptive strikes like that..."

    Riiiight...whatever Mitchy....we all know you have no's all throat from the chest up. Gobble gobble Goebles!

    February 6, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    Judd is a Dem socialist liberal, who would NOT represent the core values of decent Americans.
    Wow. Someone who experienced difficulties growing up and worked hard to make herself a success does not represent the core values of decent Americans? What values does McConnell represent? American Crossroads? Who has bought and sold McConnell over the decades while he has been feeding at the public trough? How has his so-called leadership benefitted this country, much less the people of Kentucky? As usual, you mouth the words, but don't understand their meaning or context.

    February 6, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    While Judd has yet to officially announce that she's running for Senate in Kentucky, the contest is still more than a year away.
    When it comes to slander, politicians are given a different treatment. This woman is a private citizen. I'm no law professor, but I think that this ad is a grotesque example of slander. It is also yet another example of how Republicans have devolved into a pack of alpha males.

    February 6, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |