Top Dems Turn on Ashley Judd
Clintons and others woo another candidate for Kentucky Senate race
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2013 11:22 AM CDT
In this publicity image released by NBC, actress Ashley Judd appears on the "Today" show to talk about her new book "All That Is Bitter And Sweet" in New York, Tuesday, April 5, 2011.   (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

(Newser) – Ashley Judd can do drama, comedy, and action, but top Democrats are increasingly skeptical that she has the chops to play the junior senator from Kentucky. While Judd looks toward a run for Mitch McConnell's seat next year, party power brokers—including Bill Clinton—are trying to convince Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes to run instead, reports Politico. McConnell's seat is top of the party's hit list for 2014.

A Judd candidacy would guarantee the party both big headlines and fundraising dollars. But some are worried that a Hollywood liberal who currently lives in Tennessee won't play well to a Kentucky base. Grimes, a more established politician with strong family connections in the party, offers a far less controversial choice. But that's assuming Clinton and Co. can convince her to run at all. "Why would [Grimes] take on this race?” said a former McConnell chief of staff. “She could run for a state office with little opposition or run against McConnell and endure $30 million in career-ending advertising." Judd's big sister Wynonna, however, is predictably and firmly in her corner, telling Us Weekly, "Of course I'd vote for her!" Though maybe just because blood is thicker than water: "I don't agree with anything she says half the time. We're so different. But I love my sister. I am for Ashley."

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Mar 20, 2013 10:39 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... She was hot .. but .. she must have drunk to many of those sugary drinks .. and now she looks like she's becoming her mom .. in size and looks. --- Well they always said; "If you want to know what your wife will look like when she gets older .. take a good look at her mother" --- IF I lived in Kentucky, I wouldn't vote for her now. ----------------------------- REALLY
Mar 20, 2013 7:36 PM CDT
Told ya.....she should have stayed with acting...politics is rough
Mar 20, 2013 5:38 PM CDT
Speaking to top Dems turning on Ashley Judd.... why not give Kentucky voters a chance instead of presenting a candidate whom the power brokers have vetted for her Democratic orthodoxy? Hopefully, the Dems won't make the same mistake in 2014, the GOP made in 2010 -- trying to run everything from the inside with handpicked candidates, advisors, campaign managers and ad-men.