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Ashley Judd Considering Senate Run

Sophie Elkus |
December 4, 2012 | 2:11 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

Ashley Judd is considering a 2014 Senate run for Kentucky. (Creative Commons)
Ashley Judd is considering a 2014 Senate run for Kentucky. (Creative Commons)
Hollywood actress Ashley Judd is considering a 2014 run for the Senate against Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Politico reported. A Kentucky native, Judd is preparing with opposition research and talks with Sen. Kristen Gillibrand about the possibility of running and a potential bid with a Democratic pollster.

Judd is reportedly considering waiting until 2016 for her attempt at a Senate position to run against Senator Rand Paul. If she becomes a candidate, Judd would be the biggest celebrity to run for Senate since Al Franken’s successful bid in 2008 for the Minnesota seat.

“She is doing all the right things that a serious candidate exploring a race should do,” Rep. John Yarmuth told Politico after speaking with Judd. “I think there are a lot of people, and I was one of them, who wanted to let her know that her candidacy would be an exciting prospect for us.”

Democrats have shown support for Judd’s consideration, especially since her star power could raise considerate funds and recognition in the state.

Others are less enthused about her potential role, due to her liberal standing in a conservative Kentucky and lack of experience in politics, Politico reported. Judd also currently resides outside of her home state.

McConnell’s campaign has already expressed preparation to defeat any Democratic opponent for the Senate seat.

“It’s going to sting,” said campaign manager Jesse Benton. “We’re going to make sure that you don’t come out with your nose clean.”

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