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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 03:55 PM

Why Ashley Judd's Breakup Is Bad News for Mitch McConnell

MICHAEL CATALINI, NATIONAL JOURNAL 11:44 AM ET

Actress Ashley Judd and Indy Car driver Dario Franchitti are ending their marriage after 11 years, and, yes, the news impacts Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Judd is weighing whether to jump into politics and challenge McConnell in Kentucky in 2014. She was in Washington for the inauguration and attended an event at EMILY's List, the group that backs pro-choice Democratic women running for governor or Congress. Judd even carpooled with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who demonstrated she knows how to win in a red state after defeating the self-injurious Todd Akin.

In a statement, the former couple said they mutually agreed to end the marriage. Judd tweeted at Franchitti suggesting they plan to remain close making a reference to "family," an awfully politically correct tweet.

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Given this development, there's a chance Judd won't want to jump into a messy political campaign. If she doesn't enter the race, it would be bad news for McConnell, whose campaign has publicly telegraphed that they're looking forward to running against the actress. In addition, there are other more-conservative Democratic candidates waiting in the wings, such as Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who would be better-positioned to give the vulnerable McConnell a serious challenge. The Bluegrass State is a difficult place for Democrats. Mitt Romney beat President Obama by 23 points there, and Rand Paul defeated the establishment-backed Republican in the 2010 primary before going on to win decisively in the fall.

Judd has previosuly said she's not certain if she'll run against McConnell, but she's "certainly taking a close look. The people of Kentucky need a fighter," Judd said when she was in Washington, according to USA Today. "And certainly going back 10 generations, I've got some fighters from those hills in my family."

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http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/01/why-ashley-judds-breakup-bad-news-mitch-mcconnell/61590/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 04:03 PM

1. It's pretty rare for celebrity Democrats to run for office

but, it might not be a bad idea to recruit some wealthy celebrities in red states just for the name recognition. Would SoS Grimes have a better chance? And, would she be able to raise money to compete even if she did have a chance? I would think Judd could at least raise some Hollywood money, in addition to having some of her own. That way, the Democrats can focus on the other 30+ seats that are up for grabs.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 04:08 PM

2. That article sounds like a load of crap to me. Probably written by a right-winger

It pushed that tired old third way bullcrap that the only way to get elected is to act like a Republican.

Baloney.

The best way to get elected is to stand for something. Show some backbone. Take bold positions and run hard on them.

Judd would certainly have the disadvantage of no political experience, but look at Al Franken and Elizabeth Warren.

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 04:10 PM

3. please do not alarm the DNC, thanks....

"The best way to get elected is to stand for something. Show some backbone. Take bold positions and run hard on them." - a most accurate summation BTW

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 04:12 PM

4. I'm sorry they're breaking up..

I was just thinking the other week how she's still in her marriage. It seems everytime I think that about some couple.. they're headed for the rocks.

Actually she may have more time now to enter the campaign.

Thanks DV

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