Ashley Judd, who lives in Tennessee, is seriously looking at running for the senate in Kentucky. That would be Mitch McConnell ‘s senate seat. It looks like the Tennessee Democratic Party blew it.
The Hollywood movie star and eighth-generation Kentuckian is seriously exploring a 2014 run for the Senate to take on the powerful Republican leader, four people familiar with the matter tell POLITICO. In recent weeks, Judd has spoken with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) about the possibility of a run, has discussed a potential bid with a Democratic pollster and has begun to conduct opposition research on herself to see where she’s most vulnerable in the Bluegrass State, sources say.
Whether Judd jumps into the race remains far from certain. She’s reportedly also weighing whether to wait until 2016 to instead take on freshman Sen. Rand Paul, sources say.
“She is doing all the things that a serious candidate exploring a race
should do,” Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) told POLITICO after speaking with
her. “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. That’s what I wanted her to know. A lot of the labor unions,
they were telling me that too.”