Ashley Judd

8:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Reversing Earlier Criticism, House Speaker Greg Stumbo Calls Ashley Judd a 'Formidable' Candidate

House Speaker Greg Stumbo appears to be opening up to the prospects of an Ashley Judd Senate run.
Credit Kentucky LRC

After dismissing the idea last fall, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is warming to the idea of actress Ashley Judd running for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

Judd has begun reaching out to Kentucky Democratic leaders; Stumbo said on Thursday that he'll tell Judd that, should she enter, the race is winnable.

"Ashley Judd, if she chooses to get into this race, will be a formidable candidate by the time the race is over I'm convinced of that," Stumbo said.

Stumbo, a Pikeville Democrat, is closely associated with Kentucky's coal country.

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2:41 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Most Kentucky State Democratic Senators Lukewarm on Ashley Judd Candidacy

Ashley Judd: U.S. Senate candidate?

Kentucky state Senate Democrats are largely lukewarm about the potential for actress and activist Ashley Judd entering the 2014 race for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

Judd's recent activity indicates a real possibility that she'll enter the 2014 race. She has met with Democratic senators,  may soon speak with Gov. Steve Beshear and recently addressed on Twitter the controversial statements made by a liberal Super Pac regarding McConnell's wife.

Most state senators represent multiple counties and act as de facto party chairs for their districts—so their opinion will matter. With this in mind, we asked those 14 Democratic state senators whether they thought Judd was a viable  U.S. Senate candidate.

Taken as a whole, Democratic state senators were unenthusiastic about the idea of a Judd candidacy.

But not all. Walter Blevins (Morehead), Kathy Stein (Lexington) and Gerald Neal (Louisville) expressed direct support for a Judd candidacy.

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1:51 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Gov. Beshear, Ashley Judd to Meet Soon to Discuss 2014 U.S. Senate Race

Will Ashley Judd run for a Kentucky U.S. Senate seat?

Ashley Judd—the actress and potential Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate—will meet soon to with Gov. Steve Beshear to discuss the 2014 election, Beshear said on Thursday.

Judd has been meeting with potential donors and supporters in the past several weeks, including some in Louisville, the Hill reports.

The Kentucky native has been flirting with a U.S. Senate run for a few months.  Beshear and Judd previously spoke at the Bluegrass Ball during the presidential inauguration, the governor said.

"She's been trying to arrange and will be arranging more conversations here in the next month or so," said Beshear, a Democrat.

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9:27 am
Sun February 17, 2013

NYTimes: Ashley Judd an "Increasingly Likely Candidate" for U.S. Senate

Will Ashley Judd run for a Kentucky U.S. Senate seat?

Will she or won't she?

For Kentucky political junkies, that's the big question surrounding a potential Ashley Judd challenge to Kentucky's senior U.S. Senator, Mitch McConnell. Judd says she's considering what would be her first ever run at elected office, and that alone has been enough for a Republican PAC to target her with an attack ad.

The New York Times has this look at how some Democrats in Kentucky are viewing a potential Judd Senate candidacy, with some believing the actress has the star-power to challenge McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, but others saying she could be a liability to the party should she enter the race.

The lone Democratic member of Kentucky's Congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, is taking Judd very seriously.

“I would actually be surprised if she didn’t run right now,” Rep. Yarmuth told the New York Times. “She’s done everything a serious candidate would do.”

3:58 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Attack Ad Targets Ashley Judd's Senate Consideration

Actress Ashley Judd has made no decision about running for U.S. Senate, but the Kentucky native is already the subject of an attack ad. The online video was posted by the conservative super PAC American Crossroads.

The ad mocks Judd’s past comments about her commitment to President Obama, in which she calls him “brilliant” and says she “will go wherever the president wants me to go.” The ad also borrows a quote from Judd's grandmother who called her a “Hollywood liberal.” 

The ad posted on YouTube goes on to show a clip of a speech the actress made in which she called Tennessee home. Judd grew up in Kentucky and went to college at U-K, although she has lived in Tennessee for several years. She was a Tennessee delegate to the Democratic National Convention last year.

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10:20 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

Ashley Judd: No Decision Yet on Senate Run Against McConnell

Is Ashley Judd a serious Kentucky Senate candidate?

Actress Ashley Judd has been the subject of political rumors for months, with supporters encouraging her to run against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014.

In an interview with Politico ahead of The Kentucky Society of Washington’s Bluegrass Ball in Washington, Judd said while she is honored by the support, she has yet to decide on a possible Senate bid.

Judd says there is no "time frame" concerning her decision.

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8:38 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Rumors of Ashley Judd Kentucky U.S. Senate Run Increase

New rumors are popping up about the possibility of actress Ashley Judd running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky. Judd has fueled the rumor mill for weeks as a high-profile opponent to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014.

And now, the DC-based Politico says Judd is ramping up those considerations.

But many state Democrats, including Auditor Adam Edelen and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, say they aren’t in favor of a Judd candidacy.

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8:27 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Ashley Judd's Grandmother Skeptical of Senate Run

Polly Judd is skeptical of talk that her famous granddaughter, actress Ashley Judd, might run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky as a Democratic challenger to Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

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