Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd Will Not Be Running for Senate in 2014

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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