Ashley Judd, Senator? Could The Actress-Turned-Philanthropist Oust Mitch McConnell?

By Amir Khan on November 12, 2012 3:39 PM EST

Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd, senator? She's leaving the possibility open. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Ashley Judd, senator? She's leaving the possibility open. The actress-turned-philanthropist said on Friday that she could not rule out a future campaign against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Ashley Judd's senator aspirations were reported in the Louisville Courier-Journal, and she said she could run for senator as early as 2014.

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Ashley Judd's senator bid is not her first foray into politics. She campaigned for Barack Obama in 2012, and in 2008, she appeared in an ad campaign for the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, where she criticized Sarah Palin for her position on wildlife protection.

Ashley Judd's senator bid would come in Kentucky, although she currently lives in Tennessee, where she would go against Mitch McConnell, who has long opposed the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare -- an act which Judd vocally supports.

"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 said about her potential senator bid, according to the Associated Press.

Judd would be the first Democrat to run against McConnell, who won his fifth term in 2008. McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said the senator is a fan of Ashley Judd.

"Sen. McConnell and his wife are big fans of Ashley Judd's movies and appreciate her energy, especially when it comes to bringing young people into the political process," Benton said.

Kentucky hasn't had a Democratic senator since Wendell H. Ford in 1999, meaning Ashley Judd could be the first in nearly 25 years.

"If you had an Ashley Judd-McConnell race, I think it would be as high profile a race as Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown," U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) said,according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. "The money would pour in here as soon as she entered the race."

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