April 1st, 2013
09:36 PM ET
10 years ago

Why didn't Ashley Judd run for Senate? Sabotage, adviser says

(CNN) - It would have been one of the most interesting races of the 2014 midterm cycle: Actress Ashley Judd challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky for the seat he has held for nearly three decades.

But Judd decided not to launch a campaign for the Democratic nomination, and her top adviser explained why on Monday: sabotage.

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"Really the establishment on both sides turned against Judd," Jonathan Miller said on CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront, clearing the way for another Democratic candidate.

"Some of them wanted another candidate, (Kentucky) Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, some for good reasons … they thought she'd be a stronger candidate, but others sought to either profit from her, working on her campaigns, or would love to have a friend in the U.S. Senate," Miller claimed.

Also working against Judd were "people who weren't friends of Secretary Grimes, who wanted to push her into the Senate race so she wouldn't be running for governor or lieutenant governor back home because she might be a rival of one of their preferred candidates," he continued.

Miller wrote an op-ed for The Daily Beast Monday that also claimed that Democrats circulated lies about statements Judd had made or former President Bill Clinton's involvement in the race.

Although Judd cited her family, Miller suggested that if not for the sabotage, Judd could have been a viable candidate.

"Now, I don’t pretend that Ashley Judd was a perfect candidate, or that there weren’t a significant number of Democratic insiders who opposed her candidacy," he wrote in op-ed. "But in her early calls, she was winning over many skeptics, including the incumbent governor and the House speaker, the latter being the most prominent politician from Appalachia, the region purportedly most hostile to the actress because of her public opposition toward a controversial coal-mining technique."

Members of Judd's own party "duped" reporters into believing falsehoods about his candidate, he said.

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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. fbx2phx

    Another Hollywood elitist? You mean, like Ronald Reagan?

    April 2, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. rs


    Another Hollywood elitist? You mean, like Ronald Reagan?
    At least Judd never starred in "Bedtime for Bonzo".... maybe the monkey starred in that one instead of Reagan, now that I think about it.

    April 2, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Al

    Very simple......She thinks the right will go after her like the spineless leftist liberals went after the truely qualified conservatives. Can't work both ways you libs!!!

    April 2, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. MikeB

    Oh my God, it's a mirage
    I'm tellin' y'all, it's a sabotage

    April 2, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Jean

    How about because she's "totally unqualified" I think liberals are so funny. Last night there was a liberal on Hannity named Leo (missed his last name) who kept yelling and screaming over Hannity and the other guest during a conversation about Ben Carson (typical liberal behaviour BTW, made himself look very foolish). This liberal, Leo, kept saying Dr. Carson is a doctor not a politician and he should therefore keep his mouth shut about politics and stay in the hospital. Bet Leo would support Ms. Judd and claim she's eminently qualified to be in politics. It's even funnier that liberals somehow think that a world renowned nuerosurgeon with intelligence and common sense is unqualified to even speak about politics while its perfectly acceptable for some "community organizer" off the streets of Chicago to run for senate and then President. Liberals, like I said, make me laugh, it is so hard to take their blather seriously anymore.

    April 2, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Ferathka

    Welcome to politics Miss Judd. It is a corrupt broken system that is even more corrupt thanks to the legalized bribery.

    April 2, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Pete

    It's a good thing Reagan isn't president today because he'd be launching ICBMs at N Korea because they didn't like his movies....And remember republicans that clown Reagan had his wife run the country by astrologers in his second term because he had alzheimers,dementia and really couldn't function his son wrote in a book about him...Reagans family pretty much disowned their son for writing that book as well not wanting the truth be told publicly...

    April 2, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Jules

    If she truly said, "Christianity holds women down." she would have been toast anyway. That was a pretty dumb thing to say if you want to run for office.

    April 2, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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