Ashley Judd Isn’t Running for Senate After All
Ashley Judd, after much consideration, decided that a Kentucky Senate bid wasn’t the best idea for her right now.
Back in December, it was rumored that Judd was looking into a 2014 run against reviled Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell. Judd was even said to be conducting opposition research on herself — a big step — as well as meeting with other Democrats to discuss a campaign.
However, in a heartfelt blog entry, Judd announced that she decided against a run … for now. But make no mistake, she still thinks McConnell is a massive douchenozzle:
Over the past several months, I’ve been deeply moved by the resiliency, grace, and spirit of the many Kentuckians I’ve been honored to encounter as I’ve travelled our great state. After hearing your voices and stories – your dreams for your families and the many hurts you’ve experienced – it’s profoundly clear Kentucky needs leaders in Washington who will fight for your interests. And it’s time Kentucky had an alternative to the cynical politics and self-serving tactics of Mitch McConnell.
It would be the greatest honor of my life to be entrusted as a public servant to our beloved Kentucky. Perhaps someday I will be. However, with the help of my pastors and mentors, I have thoughtfully and prayerfully concluded that I won’t run for the United States Senate at this time.
I have never been intimidated by the prospect of serving Kentucky – and I remain unafraid of the Washington insider political machine that has controlled this Senate seat for three decades.
Judd reportedly wants to spend more time with her family and less time with lobbyists and politicians, and we can’t say we blame her. The ‘Double Jeopardy’ actress has remained relatively private and under the radar, and any dirty laundry from her impending divorce from Dario Franchitti likely would be hung out by the GOP in mudslinging ads.
Plus, Hollywood has much better hair than D.C.