Ashley Judd: I'm Not Running for Senate

Actress tweets that she won't take on Mitch McConnell after all

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 27, 2013 4:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – Karl Rove won't have Ashley Judd to kick around anymore. The actress tweeted today that she will not run for Senate in Kentucky this fall. Judd thanked all those who had encouraged her in recent months, but "after serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family. " (The full statement is on her website.) Democrats think minority leader Mitch McConnell is vulnerable, but it won't be the liberal Judd who tries to unseat him. It didn't help that while she is a native Kentuckian, Judd lives in Tennessee most of the time now, reports Politico. Its report notes that she spoke to Harry Reid this week.

Ashley Judd arrives at the LA premiere of "Olympus Has Fallen" at the ArcLight Theatre on March 18, 2013 in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Ashley Judd watches Kentucky play Vanderbilt on March 15 in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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