Will Ashley Judd Run For Senate?
Though Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky seat is not up for grabs until 2014, names for his upcoming opponent are already being brought up, and one of them happens to be Kentucky native and Kiss the Girls actress Ashley Judd, 44.
House Representative from Kentucky John Yarmuth predicts that it would be “the premier race in the country” if Judd were to challenge McConnell's 2014 re-election bid — a position for which no other Democrat has yet expressed interest. “If you had an Ashley Judd-McConnell race, I think it would be as high profile a race as [Massachusetts'] Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown,” Yarmuth told the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Judd, a graduate of Harvard University who is married to superstar IndyCar racer Dario Franchitti, 39, and campaigned for Barack Obama, has hinted in the past that she might like to run for public office at some point. At this year’s Democratic National Convention, Judd served as a delegate from Tennessee, where she currently resides. To qualify for a Senate race, she would have to move back to her childhood home state of Kentucky.
While Judd, who is coming off a short-lived TV stint on ABC’s Missing, claims she isn’t thinking about politics, she also didn't rule out the option of running in the future. “I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I'm very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let's focus on coming together to keep moving America's families, and especially our kids, forward,” Judd told Us Weekly.
Judd, daughter to famous country singer Naomi Judd and sister to Wynonna Judd, is best known for her roles in Heat, Double Jeopardy, Kiss the Girls and A Time to Kill. She got her acting start on Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1991. Her next film, Olympus Has Fallen, costarring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, is due out on April 5, 2013.
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