It seems that Ashley Judd may be warming to the idea of running for the U.S.Senate in Kentucky in 2014. Judd, who is originally from Kentucky, said in a statement on Friday that she was honored to be considered as a potential candidate: “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 currently resides in Tennessee where she is an active member of Tennessee Democrats. If she does decide to run for Senate she would have to return to a home in Kentucky. Judd would be taking on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, something no democrat has stepped up to do so far.
McConnell is currently serving his fifth term in the senate, making him the longest serving senator in Kentucky history. That combined with the $6.8 million already in his re-election fund makes McConnell a serious competitor in the 2014 election. The McConnell camp also issued a statement regarding Judd this week saying: “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.”
Judd has enjoyed an extremely successful acting career, starring in block buster movies like ‘Kiss the Girls,’ ‘Where the Heart is’ and ‘Double Jeopardy.’She is the daughter of country singer Naomi Judd and is married to Indianapolis 500 champ Dario Franchitti. She most recently starred in the television show ‘Missing’ as Rebecca Winstone.
Judd has devoted much of her free time to humanitarian work and acts as a global ambassador for YoutAIDS, a program run by Population Services International. She has narrated three films for the organization and frequently travels to countries like Cambodia, Rwanda and Kenya to work with local youths.