Ashley Judd for Senate? Maybe Not After All

Kate Hicks

3/17/2013 12:23:00 PM - Kate Hicks

For all the hoopla over Ashely Judd's potential run for Sen. Mitch McConnell's seat in 2014, it seems she may not make the ticket after all. Democrats are slowly backing away from her candidacy, reports The Washington Times, owing to her far-Left views and habit of saying truly strange things.

“She’s going to have a tough road to hoe,” said Jim Cauley, campaign manager for Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear in 2007, in a ThisWeek.com report. “She doesn’t fit the damn state,” which is a conservative stronghold. Fully 60 percent of Kentuckians voted for Mitt Romney in 2012.

Democrats have begun expressing concern about some of Ms. Judd's statements and views. ThisWeek.com reports, “Democrats worry that Judd, a political neophyte, could cost the party a winnable race.”

And the National Journal reports, “the honeymoon is over for Ashley Judd.” The actress had traveled to Washington, D.C., a few weeks ago to meet with top Democratic Party officials, including those with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the campaign arm of House Democrats.

 Given that the Democrats feel they can win this seat -- and of course they desperately want to -- it's no surprise they might shy away from running an offbeat candidate. Her celebrity isn't enough to justify some of her more outrageous statements, or worse, her position on coal mining, an industry essential to the Kentucky economy. That the Democrats don't want to run a candidate known for protesting "the rape of Appalachia" bespeaks the level of practicality still present in politics today.