Ashley Judd

Ashley JuddAshley Judd has announced she won’t challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for his Senate seat in 2014. Judd made her announcement on Twitter yesterday.

At 5:09 she tweeted: “After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family.”

And a minute later…

Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate. I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months ~

~ who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people & new leader. While that won’t be me at this time, I will continue to work as ~

hard as I can to ensure the needs of Kentucky families are met by returning this Senate seat to whom it rightfully belongs: the people &

their needs, dreams, and great potential. Thanks for even considering me as that person & know how much I love our Commonwealth. Thank you!

Finally she tweeted to her supporters: “Thank you for the outpouring of good wishes. Thanks for having so much confidence both in me & that we could work together.”

Read Judd’s full statement at her Web site. “Please know that is my voice & truth,” she said. “Don’t fool with the distortions!”

No word on what family member her energy needs to be focused on, although if it’s one of the famous ones – her half-sister Wynonna Judd is on “Dancing With the Stars” – we’ll read about it soon.

Ashley Judd is now appearing in the White House-in-peril blockbuster “Olympus Has Fallen.” She plays First Lady, and Aaron Eckhart, who plays the President, said of his co-star, “She has a mind like you wouldn’t believe, just like jumping beans. She’s very intellectual and educated and likes to talk about a diverse range of topics.”

After the good news of President Obama appointing Julia Pierson as the first female director of the Secret Service yesterday, I’m a little bummed Ashley Judd has bailed out of the Senate race. Her tweets, however, don’t rule out a campaign in the future.

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Paula Schwartz
Paula Schwartz is a veteran journalist based in New York who is passionate about the movies. Her idea of heaven is watching three movies in a row. She’s written for various outlets, including the New York Times, Showbiz411, More and MovieMaker Magazine. For five seasons, she contributed to the New York Times seasonal movie blog, Carpetbaggers, where she covered major awards events and interviewed stars like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Helen Mirren.


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