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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:31 AM

Ashley Judd doesn't rule out challenge to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal

Actress Ashley Judd, said to be mulling a campaign against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., refused to rule out a run against him in 2014 in a one-sentence statement to The Courier-Journal.

“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 said in a statement released by her publicist.

Judd is being touted by Democrats as a possible opponent for McConnell, the Senate minority leader who will be running for a sixth term.

“If you had an Ashley Judd-McConnell race, I think it would be as high profile a race as Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown,” U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville said in an interview Wednesday, referring to the Senate race in Massachusetts.

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Read more: http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121108/NEWS01/311080073/Ashley-Judd-doesn-t-rule-out-challenge-U-S-Sen-Mitch-McConnell

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Reply Ashley Judd doesn't rule out challenge to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (Original post)
highplainsdem Nov 2012 OP
valerief Nov 2012 #1
rosesaylavee Nov 2012 #2
BouzoukiKing Nov 2012 #13
Swede Atlanta Nov 2012 #3
BobbyBoring Nov 2012 #4
watercolors Nov 2012 #5
BouzoukiKing Nov 2012 #14
meeshrox Nov 2012 #18
SamKnause Nov 2012 #6
Tippy Nov 2012 #7
Quantess Nov 2012 #8
ladjf Nov 2012 #9
global1 Nov 2012 #10
Comrade_McKenzie Nov 2012 #11
Blasphemer Nov 2012 #17
nolabels Nov 2012 #12
BouzoukiKing Nov 2012 #15
nolabels Nov 2012 #22
and-justice-for-all Nov 2012 #16
joanbarnes Nov 2012 #19
Kablooie Nov 2012 #20
Gregorian Nov 2012 #23
Gregorian Nov 2012 #21
julian09 Nov 2012 #24
justiceischeap Nov 2012 #25
driver8 Nov 2012 #26
Freddie Stubbs Nov 2012 #32
ReRe Nov 2012 #27
KamaAina Nov 2012 #29
ReRe Nov 2012 #30
KamaAina Nov 2012 #28
ReRe Nov 2012 #31
Tom Ripley Nov 2012 #33
Dark n Stormy Knight Nov 2012 #34

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:37 AM

1. Run, Ashley, run!!!! nt

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:43 AM

2. She's smart, she's direct, she's honest

I would love to see this. I hope she is considering.

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Response to rosesaylavee (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:52 AM

13. Yes. n/t

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:43 AM

3. Oh that would be so sweet to watch.......

He is such a doofus. She would kill him in any debate. She is very smart, charismatic, young - all the things he is NOT.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:49 AM

4. YOU GO GIRL!

get that POS out of there!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:57 AM

5. I'm for that, all for getting rid of "Stone Face"!

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Response to watercolors (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:54 AM

14. Hey - let's not lose the geologists in the crowd...

I think 'turtle face' is both more appropriate, and descriptive. And turtles don't vote.

Well... except for those Ninja kids.

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Response to BouzoukiKing (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:38 AM

18. Ha!

Thanks for sticking up for us geologists!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:12 AM

6. Ashley

Please run Ashley !!!

I am so sick of that sour puss turtle faced obstructionist.

Now, who can we get to run against John Boehner and John Kasich in Ohio ?????

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:27 AM

7. I think this is a great idea.....

she would make on heck of a good Senator..RUN ASHLEY RUN...

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:35 AM

8. Give the turtle a run for his money!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:41 AM

9. IMO, Judd would be an excellent candidate. Imagine, replacing the "turtle" wih

Ashley Judd. Go for it! nt

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:45 AM

10. McConnell Will Be 72y/o In 2014.....

a 6 year term would put him at 78 in 2020. Putting a young Ashley Judd up against this geezer might be just the thing Kentucky needs to do to retire him.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:00 AM

11. As great as she is, it'd be a guaranteed win for McConnell...

 

No one here in most of Kentucky will vote for anyone that doesn't dry hump a piece of coal at every campaign rally.

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Response to Comrade_McKenzie (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:12 AM

17. Right....

I think she should start with a Congressional race if she is really serious about getting into DC politics. She needs more than two years to map out a strategy for winning a Senate race in Kentucky.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:29 AM

12. What about..........

The article says she may have a problem because it says 'her opposition to mountaintop removal coal mining, which she has called “the rape of Appalachia,” could make a successful run difficult'

To me she seems like a very good actress (unless she just had a lot good directors) and would probably be able to ace the public appearance part if she is brave enough to try, but does she have the brains not to make too many gaffs?

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Response to nolabels (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:56 AM

15. She has more brains than that other actor.

What was his name? Oh yeah - Reagan.

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Response to BouzoukiKing (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:21 PM

22. I was trying to be an agitator

Most of the trolls seem to be in mourning and hoped some would know or have found out something. A thread or trash (however you look at it) at Freeperville seem to have even more support for her than Mitch. I read up a little and her bio and seems to suggest she lots of beliefs. Looks like she is a big thinker to me and hope she does put her hat in the ring.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_Judd
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000171/bio#quotes

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:08 AM

16. YES! McConnell is worthless garbage and a burden..nt

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:59 AM

19. Run. Someone start a petition to get her to run.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:02 PM

20. and by electing an actor to office Kentucky will be following in the footsteps of California.

Not that any of you Kentuckians will particularly warm to that idea.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #20)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:23 PM

23. Now look what a fool I've made of myself by posting below you.

I guess I should have been more careful.

But honestly, how many actors are conservatives? It must be few.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:21 PM

21. We need people in politics who have their ACT together.

Seriously. These emotional cripples who are starting wars around the world, cutting funding for the needy, are doing so out of their emotional problems. We can't afford it. We can do better. But it's going to take musicians, actors, and bright TOGETHER people.

Just keep republicans away from musical instruments.


edit- OK, I should have known better. Reagan, Alice Cooper, etc. You can't lump actors together. But I would argue that in general, actors and musicians are better than realtors and members of the chamber of commerce. Oh boy, now I'm in real trouble. Fuck it.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:39 PM

24. If she intends to run hope she makes her mind up soon, so someone else can get in, if she doesn't

 

It takes time to get organized and known. She said in blah statement, lets focus on coming together, doesn't she even know that McCONNELL is the personification of obstructionism. Look for a serious candidate, who LIVES in Kentucky.

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Response to julian09 (Reply #24)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:10 PM

25. Well, she grew up in Kentucky. Mama Judd is FROM Kentucky

and she's probably exploring the interest in running. That's how it's usually done. A statement is floated, people are spoken to, the pulse of the public is taken and then an announcement is made. I agree they need to get someone going soon but we've got a wee bit of time yet.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:56 PM

26. I'll vote for her, and I don't even live in Kentucky!!

Run Ashley, Run!!

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Response to driver8 (Reply #26)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 03:50 PM

32. She doesn't live in Kentucky either

If she decides to run, Judd, who lives in Tennessee, would have to establish residency in Kentucky.


http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121108/NEWS01/311080073/Ashley-Judd-doesn-t-rule-out-challenge-U-S-Sen-Mitch-McConnell?nclick_check=1

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 02:28 PM

27. More reasons to consider Ashley

my thoughts....

Ashley may not live in KY right now, but Ashley is an Ashland, KY native. She is die-hard Kentucky all the way. She is a graduate of University of Kentucky and avid fan of our NCAA champion Kentucky Wildcats, and attends games very very often. Make no mistake, Kentucky loves Ashley Judd. If I'm not mistaken, I believe she is a Yale graduate as well. And she has a backbone; is unafraid to go up against the mighty coal barons. Hey, if democracy beat big dark money on Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012, then I think there's a chance she could beat big dark coal? No? Yes!

There's another famous Kentucky native from the Maysville, KY area who could give ole Rand Paul a go too (or Mitch McConnell), and that's George Clooney. No, he doesn't live here, but he is a native. There's you some name recognition, especially since his big sister was Rosemary . We also have Johnny Depp who is a native of Louisville, KY

I have pined away for years over the right-wing strong-hold in this "Poor" state. There was even an article on the front page of the Lexington Herald Leader a few weeks ago before the election which more or less bragged about the fact that poor people in this mostly rural state will vote Republican every time.

There's much talk about spineless democrats in this country..... the ones in this state have absolutely no back bone at all. They will not organize and fight back. They have no guts, and no spine to "stand up and fight for what they believe in!" (as Devall Patrick said at the Convention.)

Since the election on Tuesday, and after seeing that neat little chart of how the most educated and least educated states voted here on DU (thank you to whoever posted that), I have been racking my brain on how we can get our poor closed minded folks educated. And then these reports started appearing about Ashley Judd.

For lack of a better term, I will call our (Kentuckian) rural republican-voting folks the "Honey Boo-boos". Ashley Judd and George Clooney definitely have name recognition, even in Honey-Boo-Boo-land. Ashley and George are giants in the area of social justice. Now don't get me wrong as I discuss our Honey-Boo-Boos. I have nothing against our people. They have been held down and back. It is impossible to understand how we can send men to the moon and Curiosity to Mars but can't educate ALL of our people. Well, we can. And we must. Using any
tactic that we can, coming up with ideas and putting them to work. OFA did it for POB, yes?

Anyway, I digress for now...

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Response to ReRe (Reply #27)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 03:00 PM

29. I thought Johnny Depp was from Owensboro

And why stop with celebs? Are there any high-profile UK athletes or coaches who are Dems? (Of course, that strategy risks losing some votes in Louisville. )

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #29)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 03:31 PM

30. Johnny Depp..

Yeah I think you're right, but I have also seen it written that he was from Louisville.
As a matter of fact, Owensboro came to mind first, but then I remembered seeing in print the Louisville reference, so I went with the printed ref. One thing about DU is that if you're wrong about something, someone will correct you real quick. And that is a good thing. Facts ARE important.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 02:58 PM

28. I hereby yield the floor to the gentlewoman from Kentucky.



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Response to KamaAina (Reply #28)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 03:36 PM

31. You ought to see her...

...with a blue and white pom-pom in her hand. Yeah, Ashley is real pretty...inside and out.
Thanks for posting this cute photo of her..

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 05:45 PM

33. The Tortoise and The Hair...Go Hair!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 06:04 PM

34. She has a well-publicized history of mental health issues. Even in America generally, there is a

stigma attached to that. Kentucky, I'm guessing is even farther away form overcoming that prejudice. Sad but true.

I'd vote for her, though.

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