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March 10, 2013 - 4:39 am

So, it looks like Ashley Judd is running in 2014.  Tony Lee at Breitbart reported yesterday that she plans to formally announce her candidacy around the time of the Kentucky Derby.

Judd, who uses “winter” as a verb to describe vacations with celebrities like Bono, will seek to challenge incumbent Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Allies close to Judd said her candidacy is “a done deal” and told the Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman that the liberal actress who has fiercely criticized mountain-top removal mining plans to announce her run “around Derby”–which means in early May, when the Kentucky Derby kicks off horse racing’s Triple Crown season.

Judd e-mailed Fineman on Saturday and wrote, “I am not sure who is saying this stuff, but it is not I! I’d prefer as a fan of your journalism that you stay accurate and credible. We told everyone who called us yesterday these stories are fabrications.”

She is reportedly working with New York pollster Jeffrey Pollock and has interviewed out-of-state media consultants like Anita Dunn, the former Obama adviser whose media relations firm represented Sandra Fluke in her phony “war on women” campaign, and leaders of the pro-abortion EMILY’s List.

The actress is also planning to officially move back to Lexington, Kentucky within the year because she must be a resident of Kentucky for at least a year before the November 2014 election date.

It looks as if her nomination is a done deal, as many of the formidable Democratic candidates are holding off until Kentucky’s gubernatorial election in 2015, according to Howard Fineman of the Huffington Post. However, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State, could be the only person Judd might have to fear due to her father’s Clinton connections.

Judd has some prominent backers in the state, led by Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville; Christy Brown, whose family controls the Brown-Forman distilling fortune; and Brown’s son-in-law Matthew Barzun, the former ambassador to Sweden (and probable future ambassador to the United Kingdom), who was Obama’s finance chairman in the 2012 campaign.

Normally a candidate such as Judd would have to fight through a difficult field of seasoned, and generally more conservative, Kentucky Democrats. But several of them are focused instead on the governor’s race in 2015, and others doubt whether they could beat the experienced and tough McConnell.

The Kentucky Democratic establishment gathered in Owensboro Wednesday night at a banquet — headlined by former President Bill Clinton — in Ford’s honor and much of the private talk centered on which Democrat, if any, could mount a primary challenge against Judd, whose candidacy many of them fear.

“We don’t really have anybody,” said one.

The most likely alternative is Alison Lundergan Grimes, the 34-year-old secretary of state. The well-connected daughter of former Democratic state chairman Jerry Lundergan, Grimes is polite, earnest and cautious. She recently worked to ensure that Kentuckians in the military serving abroad could vote electronically.

Her father was a prominent Clinton supporter, and the former president took time in Owensboro to privately advise Grimes and her father after the Ford event.

But asked by The Huffington Post whom he supported in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race, Clinton demurred. “I don’t know because I have to wait and see who gets in,” he said.

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Some Democrats, here [in Kentucky] and in Washington, fear that Judd is just the kind of glamorous liberal the GOP loves to run against in Kentucky and across the country. Some are concerned that the GOP will make her candidacy a national cause.

But Judd is smart, feisty and charming, and probably can, as one local here put it, “out-Kentucky and out-country” the Louisville-based, owlishly professorial McConnell in a state where down-home, one-handshake-at-a-time style still matters.

Judd made her intentions clear at a private dinner last month at Brown’s Louisville home. Asked if she was tough enough to take on McConnell and the GOP national attack machine, Judd reportedly answered, “I have been raped twice, so I think I can handle Mitch McConnell.”

 

Matt Vespa is a conservative blogger who contributes to CNS News, RedState, Noodle Pundit, and was formerly with Hot Air's GreenRoom.

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Ms. Judd may be able to act that she is smart, and could put together a formidable team. And certainly with her Hollywood connections, funding shouldn't be an issue either.
But can you really see her driving around the state and shaking hands with the great unwashed? Me neither.
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Judd has said that it would be 'unconscionable to breed', because the number of children who are starving. That won't get her the mommy vote.

1 year ago
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The above writer has this exactly right. Just keep on with the revealing quotes, and only use the real whoppers, rinse and repeat.
The state that elected Rand Paul is never gonna give her more than 35-38%.
But,... to put it in a livelier vein, it will be 'entertaining' to watch.......
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Raped twice? If this is an accurate quote and if there were two actual assaults (First I've heard of them, if so. The voters demand details. Other than Mother Jones and the Enquirer.), then her matter-of-fact flip quip suggests a deep-seated mental issue. And if she's referring to some kind of Hollywood fantasy she's been in, then she is being remarkably insensitive and anti-woman. And has a deep-seated mental issue.
1 year ago
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Mother Jones reported she claimes rape 3 times.
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/03/ashley-judd-dc-im-three-time-rape-survivor

I guess she must have had a bad stroke of luck between interviews.
1 year ago
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Let's look at past Presidential election results & perhaps we can gain some insight on Miss Judd's prospect(s) for victory:

2008: McCain 57%, Obama 41%. McCain carried 112 counties, Obama 8 counties.
2012: Mitt Romney 60%, Obama 37%. Romney carried 116 counties, Obama 4 counties.

It appears Miss Judd has her work cut out for her, particularly if she doesn't have the support of her family - her family knows her better than anyone else, and she recently split from her Scottish husband.
1 year ago
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"Asked if she was tough enough to take on McConnell and the GOP national attack machine, Judd reportedly answered, “I have been raped twice, so I think I can handle Mitch McConnell.”

Is this true? Was she raped in real life? Or is she referring to things that she portrayed as an actress in TV/movie roles? I don't follow celebrity gossip and have never heard about any real-life rapes. Wikipedia doesn't mention any either.
1 year ago
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It's possible no police reports were ever filed. Many rapes go unreported, but she is setting a political trap by talking tough about it. Any Republican would have to be crazy to ask her about it. Never forget that she's an actress.
1 year ago
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Maybe she can go down to Harlan County and campaign by telling them she will confiscate their guns. That ought to help her campaign for sure.
1 year ago
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"...smart..."? Is this another case of saying it makes it so or is there any evidence for this statement? I haven't seen any.

Of course, given where we are as voters it probably won't matter a lick.
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And there's the liberal centerpiece of her argument right there - she's been raped. Oppression in the mind of a liberal equals wisdom and it is assumed that all women, minorities and gays are wise. The Third World is wise. Failure itself becomes a font of wisdom.

Meanwhile the actual and blatantly obvious sources of wisdom and success are taught to us as dim, ignorant, stupid and racist. Liberals love to pretend history's losers never "won" because they never competed out of a more refined sense of morality. Native Americans disdained Gatling guns as lacking in the spiritual.

Liberalism is failure is wisdom is success is Orwell. That's why liberals are nuts.
1 year ago
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Yep. It seems that these days, a personal tragedy is just the latest liberal fashion accessory. Everyone is oppressed, assaulted, molested or abused.
I had a friend to really was raped and, while she wasn't ashamed, neither did she trot it out as some kind of badge of honor. And having really suffered a real rape, she wouldn't compare strip mining to rape like Judd loves to do.
I would think that someone who had been raped 2 (or 3..who knows?) times like Ashley Judd claims, would know how to make the distinction.
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